“Nobody exists on purpose, nobody belongs anywhere, and everybody’s gonna die. Come watch TV?”

Rick and Morty is my new TV obsession. It’s not just hilarious, it’s brilliant.

A friend/physics major once tried to explain how our concept of time is fabricated, and has no actual bearing on the universe. Time isn’t linear, and everything that has ever happened and will ever happen is happening right “now.”  There  are also an infinite number of realities and possibilities, and we are rather insignificant in the vastness of the universe. My reaction: “Please stop talking…you’re confusing and depressing me.” But I get it now.

On the show, Morty, in an effort to console his sister, who’s upset over an existential thing, says, “Nobody exists on purpose, nobody belongs anywhere, and everybody’s gonna die. Come watch TV?”

That may seem depressing to you, but to me, it’s the most comforting thing I’ve heard in months. I’ll try to explain what I mean.

Everybody’s going to die. None of us are here forever. There’s no ingrained meaning in life, it’s what you make of it. The meaning I’ve made? Enjoy yourself. If you are able, help others. If you are not, at least don’t hurt anyone.

Enjoy the sunsets, the sea air. Enjoy the sounds of waterfalls and creeks. Appreciate art, music, soul. Appreciate the feelings that connect you to other people. Read. Run. Laugh. Dance. Do yoga. Fall in love. At any given moment, in anybody’s life, there are things that are tragic, and things that are wonderful. Allow tragedy to touch your heart, not consume you. If you find it constantly consuming you, there’s something in the fabric you’re made of causing it to happen. It isn’t your fault that you are this way; a combination of your genetic predispositions and your life experiences molded you into who you are. No one knows what it’s like to be you, but everyone knows what it’s like to feel pain. And if your coping mechanisms aren’t working for you, find new ones. Or try to. All any of us can do is try.

Nobody exists on purpose. None of us really belong anywhere. And we are all going to die, someday. Don’t let it depress you, let it motivate you. Enjoy your life. Do more of what makes you happy. Be with the people who bring out the best in you. Read. Run. Laugh. Dance. Do yoga. Fall madly in love, with everyone and everything.

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