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There is no meaning to life

Fair warning, today’s post might get a little philosophical.

I think I gave it away in the subject there, but there is no meaning to life.

(And no it’s not 42!)

The greatest news of all is that we get to choose our meaning to our lives.

There is no meaning to life except to the one you give it.

See, for those of you who have religions and believe in god(s), you may have a different view on this, but as an atheist, I’ve come to the conclusion for myself that there is no meaning to life on Earth.

There’s no special, or great power that put us here, and we each don’t have a purpose to work towards that we are supposed to fulfill before our time is up.

We are simply people who are put on here to live, that is, to grow up, eat, find shelter, warmth and then eventually grow old and pass on.

Sounds all rather “circle of life” and depressing, doesn’t it?

Except it doesn’t have to be.



A picture I took of a lone lotus flower in a pond while traveling

While there is no given meaning to life on Earth, it just means that you have to decide what you want as the meaning to your life and by that, I mean what you think you want your purpose to be on Earth.

If you choose to look at your life and see it as miserable, depressing, get into debt for junk you don’t want or need, and then work until you’re dead trying to pay it all off, then that’s your life.

If you choose to see your life as a great adventure where you’re able to basically choose your own path and do what you want, even if it means giving up luxuries of life by traveling the world and living on very little money by working odd jobs here and there, then that’s your life.

If you choose to see your life as a life of doing good, then everything you do, ties in with being a good person such as volunteering your time, adopting lots of children (or even animals) who need homes, charitable donations, giving away your resources, and being good, then that’s your life.

You get to choose, and that’s the scariest thing of all.

As for myself, I choose to feel free, which is why every decision I have made (both good and bad), came of my own liberty, and doing something that eventually turned sour, like thinking the U.S. was a better place to live than Canada for me, was an extremely liberating choice.

Even though I ended up back in Canada, there is no greater physical freedom than to say: I choose to leave this country, and live in another.

I’ve done this once in my life before (less my choice, more my parents’ choice), and I did it again when I moved to the U.S. I almost did it a third time to give Australia a try, but I decided to nix that whole process.


A picture I took while traveling.

The point is that I chose to live a free life on my terms, in as much as the word ‘free’ can mean to me.

I became a minimalist so that I don’t feel tied down to anything.

I became a nomad of sorts so that I don’t feel tied down to any place.

I travel for pleasure because I like seeing how other people live elsewhere, and I like living like a local when I can.

I became a consultant so that I don’t feel tied to any one task (each job is a different challenge and project).

I became a freelancer so that I don’t feel tied down to any client (read: boss), or city.

I budget, track my expenses & save my money to be fully independent to be able to pay my own way so that I don’t feel tied or obligated to anyone financially, even if I am with them.

All, some or a bit of this might be uncomfortable for many people, but the idea of liberty is peppered throughout my life and my lifestyle.

Even when I have kids, I will definitely have to make changes to my nomadic lifestyle, but my raison d’être remains the same: to feel and be free.

So what’s your meaning?

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Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

Am my own Sugar Daddy. Am a millionaire at 36 after getting out of $60K of student debt in 18 months, a little over a decade earlier, using I have worked 50% of my career (taking 1-2 year breaks), and quadrupled my income within 2 years of graduating, going from $65K to $260K with an average lifetime savings rate of 50%. I have 11 side incomes that are on track in 2020 to make me $50K - $75K. I could retire today if I wanted, but love my work-life balance as a freelancing consultant in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). I am all about balance - between time and money, and also enjoying my money. I also post daily on Instagram @saverspender.

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  1. Dar

    I completely agree. I’ve heard people say that they couldn’t live if they thought life had no predetermined purpose, because they would no longer have hope. I feel just the opposite, that there is freedom to find and to bring hope and to create meaning.

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Which is precisely the whole point! 🙂 Create your own meaning. Your reason / meaning of “happiness” will change as you age too.

  2. SarahN

    Would you still think of yourself as nomadic, since Baby Bun? Since I’ve been reading, I feel like you’ve been more settled (location wise) except for one or two longer holidays.

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      No I am less nomadic to be sure. (I amended the post as I wrote it about a year ago I think).

      I am way more settled & we have decided on living in Montreal permanently.

      1. SarahN

        @save. spend. splurge.: I do recall you pre wrote heaps of posts, so I thought this might have changed 🙂

        1. save. spend. splurge.

          I wrote about 200 pre-posts..!! I’ve scheduled one every single day to clear the backlog and I am STILL scheduled until next August 2016!!!!! 🙂

  3. anon

    I am religious, and I believe that life is what you make it.
    The Bible talks a lot about money.
    from google: The bible has a lot to say about money, wealth, greed, contentment and a variety of other topics as they pertain to our financial and spiritual lives. Over the years I’ve heard it said more than once that the bible has well over 2000 verses about money.
    About saving, spending, sharing … even if you don’t believe in the rest of it you might enjoy those verses.

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      You’re right, I do think there are good lessons and values that are taught in all religions, I just don’t believe or follow in the rest of the ethos surrounding it.

  4. Sarah

    You are on a roll now- such a great post. Very much enjoyed this.

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      How very kind of you to say so! Thank you.

  5. s

    this post could not be more timely as i’m in yet another transitional period in my life. i try to enjoy and make the best of everything rather than to try to run a rat race to the detriment of my health and sanity. it would be sad if the meaning of one’s life was determined by someone else. i’m definitely a believer in finding one’s own path!

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      I have to remind myself of this as well.

  6. Revanche

    This is sort of an easy one for me as I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what it is I want for LB and it’s the same as what I want for my own life in general terms:
    Help. Leave the world a slightly better place for having lived, than not. However that’s done is up to us, but if the goal is to make the best of our time and make the best of our resources, I think it’ll be a life worth living.

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      I agree. I am thinking a lot more about what I do environmentally-speaking, and I am considering cutting back drastically on meat consumption, etc.


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