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What is the meaning of life? I've concluded that this world is about learning.
Experiences can be so scary, but if you look at them symbolically and think about what you can learn from experiences, it makes it a lot different. There's two things that I focus on in my life to help me learn, grow, and live with vitality – challenge and connection.
Three thousand years ago, people were keen on exploring and expanding their world. They just took a boat out to open sea. They couldn't see land and they didn't know how long they'd be sailing.
They took these risks because they liked to be challenged.
We all want to be connected with each other. We're social beings. People who are really isolated don't have a sense of self and end up being depressed and very anxious. We're all about having relationships with other people, and those relationships reflect back that good in us. Obviously, if we have relationships with people who are mean to us, it’s not really helpful and makes us feel really terrible. But, if we have relationships with people who lift us up, that is the meaning of life.
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