The Quest for Answers


Life is full of questions that can consume us.

One thing we can be certain of in life is its uncertainty. In the midst of these uncertainties we ask the biggest questions of why we are here. Do our lives have meaning? Why do unfortunate things happen? The power of habit hinders us to ask these questions about our existence. We ought to put a blindfold in order to not see the magnitude of life. Distractions are set up to prevent seeing what lies beyond the facade. What is life beyond what we do? It can feel exhausting to ask these existential questions, to try and understand the meaning of life.  

Tick, tock… the clock goes again and again. The prison in which we find ourselves in gives us comfort. To be with the familiar, the usual, the certain. It gives a feeling of security and happiness. Who wants to live in a life of precariousness, to be in a state of chaos and change. It is understandable for many to choose this. To be in a snow globe of never ending bliss. Suddenly the glass starts to break… the void begins to show and we are filled with despair and sorrow. Many are comfortable being inside this bubble. A truth that’s evident to many. No matter how hard we try to avoid it, there are things beyond our control.

When it begins to unravel, we don’t know what to do. We don’t have the ability to confront what’s in front of us. We are filled with questions we never asked before. That’s where we begin to see what life is without the clothes of comfort we are used to wearing. Unexpected things happen that can put us on a different direction. The thing is, no matter how much we want to live in a life that we want, we are confronted by forces bigger than us. Then we begin to see life not as a wheel but a road in front of us. A road we have to take, a quest that we must make in order to tread this journey.

Where is the destination? Can we find the answers that we seek at the end of that road? To be able to see beyond the veil that once covered our eyes is to appreciate the bigger things that make up our existence. It is with sureness that we cannot find all the answers to life’s biggest questions. It can take more than a lifetime to even scratch the surface. The quest is what gives life meaning. To learn from the experiences we faced and gain wisdom from it. It is true that life is full of questions and challenges but that shouldn’t consume us. The important thing is we ask these questions in order to understand what life is beyond the confines of what we are used to. To break out and start the quest of seeking answers of what it is to be alive.

Photo by Greg Rakozy on Unsplash


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