The essence of life is hidden in life itself. There is no universally accepted essence of life. Some see life as a passage to the next life. Some says the essence of life is love; take out love and every other thing is meaningless, some life is living with a purpose and fulfilling that purpose. Some see life as a gift, meant to be lived, loved and ultimately cherished, some see life as a borrowed something. Which you have to repay sometimes soon, Interest comes with it but it doesn’t really matter the percentage upon loan repayment. We could go and on.
What you call the essence of life is determined by you and you alone. Life is an existence, the essence is in your existence. What do you live for? Have you ever asked yourself this question? So many people are even afraid to ask themselves the question, because, they live a complicated life. They cannot figure out what in particular they live for. Living should be a conscious act, also if you are not conscious you are not living. You must be able to figure out, outline that which you live for, before you can say what the essence of life is to you.
A friend once told me that “the idea of life is a wicked one, why do we have to suffer and hustle this hard to survive” I did not reply him then until now. I will say, life is not wicked, life is just being life. It is like a market place; different people comes in with different goods, some are only there to buy. Some are there to price, some are there to buy while some are just spectators. This is also applicable to life, the idea of living is not to live for the same thing but to live for different purpose. A market (life) has been created, you will now decide as a person what you want to do in the market (what you live for).
Life is challenging; sometimes, it is sweet and sometimes, it is bitter, sometimes, it is dark and sometimes, it is bright. Sometimes, you feel unhealthy and sometimes, you feel very healthy. The struggle to make all balance is death, because, to have it perfect involves putting away all of your experience. There are cloudy, rainy days, there are beautiful, bright days, most human enjoy beautiful bright days and yet needs cloudy, rainy days for a balance.
We all need to train our minds to work through all the days no matter how difficult. We need to learn to cope with and work through the challenges of life. Even death is just a part of life. The moment we are born, we arrive with the assurance that we will die. When we are going through rough times; health problems, relationship problems, financial problems, we see all this from our standpoint as problems but which to life’s standpoint, it is just life.
The essence of life is to give expression to what we imagine and what we can create; that which you have decided to live for. It is in how best you can explore, which makes you different from the other human that exists. No matter how much you look like someone, you can never have all things equally, you will always have a distinct feature.
Life is what you live for, life is what you see it as. When you say life is living with a purpose and fulfilling that purpose, then you are probably living with a purpose and fulfilling a purpose. Whatever you call the essence of life is determined by your experiences. Someone who has never loved or been loved, cannot say life is love. Life is all your experiences.
The essence of life is in your existence; live for something! That is the idea.