As people of religion encounter those of us that have no god, the inevitable question comes up, "What is the meaning of life?" The heated discussion recently here on TA and another question about Nihilism on another site made me think that I can only answer that question visually. I made a collage of some of the photos that make me happy that are from my life, mostly in the last five years. In it you'll find photos of me at work, play, travelling, with the two most important beings in my life, from Hawaii to Alaska, to Vegas, to Europe. There is a ton more travelling than that as I travel a fair amount for my job as well, I just didn't want five collages up. Having a European wife means that you know where the airport is.
If life has you deeply concerned about it's meaning, you are doing it wrong. Life is a joy to experience. If you are living life, you'll find joy all around you. For me even the hard stuff to prolong my life like running, is fulfilling. Seeing the smile on my dogs face as he gets to do what he was born to do, run! I hike so that I can live longer, but also to see the world that many modern people miss. It's often surreal when you are 8 miles off the trail head and haven't seen a living being for an hour. That's living. Taking down some drinks with some dinner with friends and sharing fun stories of your life, that's living. Spending your days worried about the death that we all know is coming and missing out on the life that is in front of you... that's a shame.
If you must have a reason for being, it's to better the lives of those you love and the human condition. To make the world a better place for your children. This alone is reason enough for me. Living a life in hopes of pleasing a being in order to be granted a future life that will also be ruled by their rules, is not a reason for living. Free will and self determination mean nothing when you can be punished for mere thoughts. What spirituality could you possibly find in 6 billion people all acting and thinking the same? The concept isn't even interesting. See my world view for it's diversity and the diversity of the individuals in it. Then there is always something new to experience. There is always something new to learn. It's a breaking of the shackles that would restrain you from the experience life can be.
Get out there. Live the life that you have. You know that you have this life. The afterlife that is described doesn't interest me because I'm too busy living this one. If a bear gets the jump on me on the next hike, so be it. My family always knows that I love them. My friends will remember my smile and my readiness for a smart ass remark. But I'm not going to be remembered as the guy who hoped for life. I'm gonna be known as the guy who lived it.