“You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it fearlessly.” ~Steve Maraboli
Why are we here?
It’s a thought that has crossed my mind several times in my life. The funny thing is that I have always had the same answer, even though I have asked myself that question when I was very young. My answer is and always has been (using a complete sentence), “We are here to go through various experiences so we can appreciate and get a ‘flavor’ for what it is to ‘live a life’ as a human on this earth.”
As the years have gone on, however, while my answer has not changed, the explanation and rationale for the answer continues to develop. I keep adding layers, and it keeps getting more interesting. The more I investigate and do my “detective work,” the more I find. The encouraging news is that the prognosis keeps getting better and better the more I look. I have more and more hope for humanity at a time when some have little hope.
Yes, we are here to “live a life,” in my humble opinion. But, what life is that? A life of suffering, so we can learn from the painful experiences? Do we really have to suffer? Or, can we simply get past the suffering part once we gain a certain perspective and experience certain experiences?
Do we have to deal with negativity? Is dealing with and then overcoming negativity something that we are “obligated” to deal with on this earth? Do we have to experience hate as part of the experience? Can we just get past the negativity once we gain a certain perspective and experience certain experiences?
Life — the “human experience” — is not easy. We all know that. When life gets tough for me, I always go back to that simple question: “Why are we here?” the next question is, “What am I supposed to learn from this?”
So, what have I learned up to this point? What do I feel life is all about? Here’s my two cents:
We are on this earth to grow — to realize the true greatness that resides in each of us. Within each of us, there is an authentic being, covered up by the processes of the machine that is the human body. Inside this exquisitely-designed body, we struggle to find ourselves. We struggle to set aside the automatic functions of our bodies that were designed to make us more efficient and keep us safe.
Why are we here? We are here to discover the awesomeness that lives within us. Some of us are right there — living life and understanding that the sky is the limit and that we all are capable of being great. Some of us aren’t quite there yet, as we are suffering and struggling through hardships.
We are here to discover we always have a choice — our lives are not scripted. The book is not written. Just because it has been doesn’t mean it will be or has to be. We have the power to choose — we always have the power to decide whether we want to serve the ego and live out of fear, or if we want to turn the page and serve others and live out of love and compassion for others. We always have a choice.
The good news? We all possess the potential to be great. We all possess the raw tools necessary to transcend the suffering and the negativity, and to bring out the great person we were meant to be. We all have the potential to realize who we know, deep down, we would love to be.
Why are we here? We are here to figure out who we are, and who we were meant to be, free of the physical and neurological restrictions of our physical bodies. We are awesome at the core — we just have to find it.
Because I believe in us, and because I believe in the potential within us all, I will continue to work to help people discover how great they can be. I’ll tell anyone who will listen. It’s my mission, and I am sticking to it. I believe in us — I believe in you. I believe that we were meant to be great! We all possess the potential.
We are here to be great. That’s my two cents.
Do you have an opinion as to why we are here? Please comment below with your thoughts! I would love to read them!
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