“A meaningful life can be extremely satisfying even in the midst of hardship, whereas a meaningless life is a terrible ordeal no matter how comfortable it is.” -Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens
“Everything can be taken from a person but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” -Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search For Meaning
One of the biggest traits that evolutionary scientists say differentiate humans from other animals, specifically primates with which we have much in common, is our ability to tell stories. Humans are meaning makers. Even in the worst of times, we can determine what that suffering means and even use it to fuel our lives.
But there’s a catch. We have to choose. It’s up to us to decide what story we want to tell ourselves and others.
Go MAKE your life and your art. Don’t let it be made for you.