Parenthood often serves as a lens through which we perceive the world in a new light. Recently, my five-year-old posed a simple yet profound question: “Mommy why do some people live alone?” Initially, I assumed she was referring to someone specific, but as our conversation unfolded, I realized she was delving into a more significant concept—the human condition and our purpose in this world. She is gaining awareness of the world and I’m like – how do I answer this?
This experience taught me the importance of embracing life’s big questions and the power of doing so with childlike wonder.
A Child’s Curiosity
Children possess an innate ability to ask fundamental questions about life, prompting us to ponder and explore beyond the surface.
Finding Meaning in Our Life Mission
As a parent, this question made me reflect on my life mission and work. As a matchmaker, my work is a response to the issue of loneliness. I strive to connect individuals who seek companionship, understanding that nobody should feel alone in their journey through life.
The Human Condition and Loneliness
Loneliness is not merely about physical solitude but encompasses emotional and social disconnection. Acknowledging this reality emphasizes the significance of fostering connections.
Recently the Surgeon General conducted a loneliness study that reported “social connection is as essential to our long-term survival as food and water. But today, loneliness is more widespread than other major health issues in the U.S. Our epidemic of loneliness and isolation is a major public health concern.” The report highlights the need for a thorough strategy to address this issue and its impact on the well being of people and communities at large.
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Let’s Be More Like 5-Year-Olds
It just makes me think we should all be more like 5-year-olds, asking these hard questions about life and the human condition and what we’re doing here. By embracing life’s big questions, we open ourselves to learning and growing, gaining a deeper understanding of the human condition and our purpose.
Let us remember the importance of embracing these questions, just as a child would, without judgment or fear, but rather just to gain insights that can shape our purpose and understanding of the world around us.