Who do you consider to be meaningful to your life? Common answers would be some family members and friends cause they were present during your youth and many moments throughout your life. Your parents provided food and shelter for you. Your friends were there for many of your life’s memories. This is where most people would go on to say how you should cherish these people and hold them close to your heart. I don’t know if I agree.
Your parents were suppose to feed you and house you. If they didn’t you would have died and they would have went to jail. Your friends needed you for their memories as much as you needed them. It was a take and give situation most of the time. I’m not implying that all of these people should be discredited completely but much of what seemed of value is often worthless in hindsight.
The most meaningful people in your life are the ones that helped you become a better, stronger person in life. Free meals, hand me downs, invitations to events, birthday gifts are a bonus but it don’t do shit for your arsenal for the road ahead.
The favours that you receive from people are nice but it’s just a kleenex and not a handkerchief that is durable and can be stowed in your back pocket for future use. The ones that made it a priority to help you live a happy life, gave you the hard truth when you needed it, encouraged you to be a better you, are the ones that bring the most meaning to your life. All the others were just pitching in for gas money until they arrived at their next stop.
The ones that are meaningful can die but still live on in your heart and everyday life cause they earned a spot there forever. Everyone else may have been a mediocre steak for a few moments in your life but have long been excreted and become nutritionless. What can be meaningful to a culture is hardly ever meaningful in real life.