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The Meaning of Life

“The Meaning of Life is to find your gift. The Purpose of Life is to give it away.” ― Pablo Picasso

If you Google The Meaning of Life you will find the number 42 and a Monty Python Film. You will also find the question relating to the significance of living or existence in general. In the past generations there has been a strong focus on religion and God. This generation it seems that we have more focus on spirituality and self-actualization. We have this great opportunity to reach our potential, but does this make us happier??  In this video it is argued there are 3 elements that allow us to add meaning to our lives.

Firstly we communicate or connect with others. In our age of the internet we are able to chat to people all over the world and we are connected because of our common interests. We are able to form communities and meaningful friendships, we have become a Global Village.  The second element is Understanding and adding Clarity. As we uncover our truths, which of course are very personal for us, and share these truths with others, we add clarity to our collective journey.  The last element is Service.. I am sure there are photographers out there dreaming of being a Barista and Barista’s dreaming of being an Artist. It is all about finding and following your passion. Sometimes to follow our dreams we need to work harder than we ever imagined. To perfect our craft, to put our art out into the public and hopefully connect with others. At the end of the day, ultimately  we need to feel connected to what we have created.

“We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically.” ― Neil deGrasse Tyson.

This image was taken at Cimetière du Père-Lachaise when we were looking for the grave of Oscar Wilde, I have processed this image with an Infra-red type effect simply by lightening the yellows and greens in the B&W mix in Lightroom.

This image was taken in the Catacombs of Paris, which holds the remains of around six million people, this is believed to be the worlds largest grave. Now that puts things into perspective.

This final image of the professional dog walker in Paris, this dog walking another dog makes me smile. He seems to have found the secret to Happiness.
I may not have found the Meaning of Life, but I am happy if I can make a connection with my Art and my Blog. Also interesting is that Picasso’s quote mentions these two words Give and Purpose. It’s important not just to create but to share your work with others.
Any Thoughts?

Teresa Pilcher

Teresa Pilcher Photography A Blog on Street Photography

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