Why are we here?

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It’s a good (heavy, but good) question to ask ourselves as we start a new week. And it’s a question that we were all asked last night as President Obama addressed the nation following Friday’s tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. He asked, “Why are we here? What gives our life meaning? What gives our acts purpose?” And today, days after this terrible incident, those questions are just as difficult to face. But they do bring about some higher-level thinking.

Living in your 20s, it’s actually quite common to pose these questions. I, personally, often try to better understand my purpose and how to best achieve that. It usually involves thinking about the “bigger” picture of jobs and the future, but bigger picture seems pretty relative n the wake of such an event. But today, and noting the brevity of life, I focused more on the second question of “what gives my life meaning?”. I thought that this would be a similar answer to the first (job, what I want out of my career, where to settle down, etc.), but what came to mind had nothing to do with my occupation or the future in general. It’s more about the day-to-day things — of how I interact with those around me, how much I love my family and friends, and how wonderful it is to feel loved by them.

So, if nothing else — aside from the tragedy and policies — I’ll go home this holiday season and just cherish each and every little moment.

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