Sitting here thinking..
In Zen aspects of martial arts we learn life is suffering. Period. This is reality.
The question is what do you do about it?
Strive to overcome it in a way that benefits you and those around you.
Destiny is the discovery process in which we find out how well what we are doing overcomes that suffering.
But you have to commit to the journey. This requires faith. The faith that I can follow a path that leads to enlightenment, which means simply to reduce suffering.
There are reason, real reasons, to follow this path and reasons not to follow this path. But you can’t know the reasons, truly know, why to unless you do it.
It’s like marriage. If you get married but somewhere in your mind you think you might leave then you aren’t truly married. In marriage one of the rules is you don’t get to leave. Of course there are exceptions that comes up but that’s not the point. The point is there are some things you don’t get to do unless you are all in.
Which brings me to my next point. In life you are all in. Whatever you decide to do with your time, fact is life will kill you in the end.
So the question is what are you going to do with life? As the sand of your time runs out what do you want to do with it? Might as well spend each grain of sand on something worth wild. Why not go all in and reach your potential in something?
When you get married and have a child, for example, the meaning of life is revealed. It so obvious because it’s right in front of you. You can try and over analyze it. That’s your choice. But that’s putting the cart before the horse.
The simple answer is to live properly. If you had your crap together it would be better for you. But as a consequence it would also be better for your family. Then as the ripples expand it is better for your local community. And even further as the ripple crosses the pond it benefits humanity as a whole.
It’s your choice.