Welcome back to 100 Days of Blogging. Today’s topic comes to us from the Life category and the card says “What do you need to do by the end of this year to make this year meaningful?”
Well, that’s certainly a big question, especially here in the time of a coronavirus pandemic. What does meaningful mean in this time? Is it enough to just survive? Do I need to hit my career goals in order for this year to be meaningful? What do I need to do in order to make this year meaningful?
It would be easy to say that if I pass the bar exam in September that then my year would be meaningful, but if I lose people close to me because of the pandemic is it that meaningful? If I don’t pass the bar exam does that mean the year won’t be meaningful? Even if I fail the test I still graduated from law school, I still put in a lot of work into passing the bar. I still rejoined my small group bible study and reconnected with old friends and made new ones. I still am keeping in touch with my friends from law school, and I’m going to be looking for jobs soon.
A year can be meaningful for a lot of different reasons. You don’t have to make sure that something is done by the end of the year to make it meaningful. There’s nothing inherently meaningful in doing something. Is writing these blog posts meaningful? Some people might say that they’re not meaningful, but if I find enjoyment in making these posts then they could be meaningful. I think the need to try to make sure things are “meaningful” can lead to instances of paralysis because people become concerned with making sure that whatever they’re doing is meaningful rather than making sure that they’re doing what they need to do to go throughout their lives. I think that what we need to do is think less about what is “meaningful” and more about what we want to do. Sometimes you just want to do something fun without thinking about whether it is meaningful or not.
Got a bit deeper than I thought, but this was a fun post to write.