Why am I here?

Who are we? What is the purpose of life? Why are we here? These are questions we often think about but most of us don’t have the answers to. However there are a few amongst us who have found a goal in life and have managed to define to themselves their purpose in this life. So they have set a base for themselves and whatever they do in life is with the final goal in mind, and to help them attain that one goal. I never thought about my purpose in life or never attempted to answer for myself my goal in this life. I never felt the requirement to. I just always kept doing whatever I’m doing, going with the flow, regardless of the point of doing anything.
A recent conversation with someone got me to thinking more on what this goal in my life could be. She said she was yet to find her purpose in life which she was looking forward to defining very soon.
Retrospecting on the way I have thought/acted in the past and the way I think/act now in the present, and the way I plan to act in the future, made it clear to me. My goal in life is to do, to go with the flow, to do all the things without thinking of the significance of anything I’m doing. This thought takes me back to a saying by Gandhi, “Everything we do in life will be insignificant, but it is very important that we do it, coz nobody else will.”
I know I’m here to do, hence I just want to follow my heart and do the things I’m meant to, significant or not!

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The other day, my niece (2 yrs now) tasted a mint for the first time in her life, and she wouldn’t stop breathing air in through her mouth to intensify the minty feeling on her tongue. Excitedly doing that over and over again, and then having another mint when the effect reduced and repeating the same. It was like watching her correspond with a new feeling, which made me think as to when could have been my first encounter with that minty feeling. We all experience different feelings through the years and experience each feeling at some time, for the first time: sadness, happiness etc. Somehow we have no recollection whatsoever of the first time we felt anything. Perhaps maybe few of them like the giddy feeling in your stomach when you are on the merry-go-round.

Then again we forget that feeling, until we experience it again, after a long time and it feels new all over again. Makes me wonder for how long will we find feelings new or will there come a time when we would have felt everything that was out there, and every other thing that we feel is just going to be like, Been there, done that! Or would we still be equally excited to feel the same things.

But then again there are times, even now when we feel something that we haven’t felt before, something new and we are baffled thinking, “OK! Now what is this?” How have I not felt something like this before? Most times, you don’t even know that feeling even existed, and now when you encounter it you are amazed, sometimes even if the feeling is a ‘not so good’ feeling, it still doesn’t fail to amaze you at its existence. Makes me wonder if there are other people out there who feel the same. Makes me wonder, how much more are we supposed to feel before all those feelings have been experienced, and if we have the capacity to absorb and contain all these feelings?