Time is an illusion. There’s no past and future, only present. Time is invented to help us keep track of our changes. Thanks to time, we have memories and something to look forward to in the future. 

Although time isn’t real, what’s real is the fact that we’re aging every single day. When our body is too exhausted to create new cells, we’ll all lay down and die. So we have to embrace the precious time that we have. We must live without regrets, travel to more lands, experience more culture, try to get as much out of life as we can. 

But why try so hard when we all become dust of the universe one day? The history won’t remember us. Our grand grandchildren might not even remember our names. 

It’s true that you will wither and die one day. It’s also true that the world keeps moving without you. But your life will not be in vain. Your work has helped to make the world a better place. Your legacy will be remembered by those who love you. And if you really think about it, your life is never worthless for it influences so many others. The world wouldn’t be the same without your existence. 

Although you can’t escape your doom, there are still so many days to live. 365 days a year, and if you live well for an average 60 years, it adds up to 21900 days. Compared to the mayfly whose lifespan is 24 hours, you are so fortunate. You have plenty of time to enjoy the beauty of life. Breath in the cool air. Roam around your neighborhood. See a beautiful flower in its full blossom. Admire the beauty of a brilliantly blue sky. Get moved by a good movie. Chat through nights with your soul mates. How wonderful life is and how fortunate we are to live it. 

So even if we all lay down and die one day, our lives are still worth living. Being alive, we can add value to the world and enjoy the beauty the life has to offer. 

Maybe the question we should ask ourselves is not “What’s the point of living” but how to give value and enjoy the goods around us.  

To enjoy the goods around us, we just have to pay attention. It’ll be difficult at first to notice the world’s beauty when your life is cornered by adversary. But that’ll get better with practice.

A more important question is: How to give value to the world?

Many people approach this question pessimistically: “I’m too small, how can I make a difference in this world?” 

You sure can. Why not? 

The difference you make doesn’t have to be big or even tangible. It just has to be meaningful and brings value to other lives. A blog post that inspires people to take action. An uplifting song that cheers someone up after a bad day. Or simply a smile. 

Your smile is an incredible gift to anyone. Remember the time when a stranger smiles at you. It throws a little feel-good party in your brain and you smile back at him. His smile brightens up your day and your smile probably brightens up his too. 

Sometimes in the haze of life, we forget how to smile. The world ties you up with duties: pay the bills, make more money, buy a home, do better at your job, etc. Smiles become less important, until one day it completely fades away from your face. 

It’s time to practice giving this amazing gift to the world again. Smile at yourself in the mirror. Smile at your loved ones. Smile at your colleagues. Smile at people you meet on your street. Smile at the grocery stores you often shop in. Smile at the bus driver. It costs you nothing but it’s a wonderful gift you could give to the world. 

But smiling isn’t the only to bring value to the world. If you really think, you’ll come with many ways to give. Here are a few ideas to get you started: 

  • Write a blog post that helps other people. 
  • Do something good for yourself: sleep early, eat healthy, exercise, treat yourself to a satisfying breakfast. 
  • Help someone out. 
  • Cook your friends a dinner. 
  • Give your loved ones a small gift.

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