The meaning of life explained by 3rd Graders
What is the meaning of life? This is such a subjective question and the answer varies from person to person. Some believe they have found the answer and many others are still searching.
An answer that probably most resonates with me is captured in the four-minute film, ‘The Meaning of Life explained by 3rd graders.’
Prince EA, who is a rapper and activist, scripts the film and it is illustrated and narrated by children aged 6 to 9 years old.
Taking such a profound question and turning it into such a wise and thought provoking four minute animated film, with a powerful script narrated by children is masterful.
Life is precious. Live with lessons not regrets and commit to being the most authentic you.
Take a look for yourself and see if ‘The Meaning of Life explained by 3rd Graders’ resonates with you.
The Script to The Meaning of Life explained by 3rd Graders
“Imagine yourself 90 years old, on a porch, on a rocking chair looking back on your life. Got that image? Now let me tell you. Studies show that the biggest regret from elderly people, on their deathbed, is not what they did but what they didn’t do. The risks they never took.
How sad would it be to get to the end of your life and realize you never truly lived?
This is your life. Nobody else’s. No matter how much your society, your parents and your friends want you to live the way they want you to live – you run the show.
When you shut your eyes and go to sleep at night, the entire world seizes to exist. And when you wake up, it’s born again. This is your life. You’re in control. You’ve got to do what feels right in your heart.
Now go back to the rocking chair and think what would your future self say about the ideas you never created? The books you never wrote. The words you never spoke because you were tired or you were scared? Or you wanted to fit in and be cool. But greatness isn’t about being cool. A great man or a women will never fit in. Coz they stand out. But I get it, you want it easy. But if greatness was easy you would see a lot of successful people and a lot of great people. Astronauts, professional athletes or super heroes but you don’t. You see a lot of people with big mouths making excuses on Facebook trying to get likes. But they don’t even like themselves.
See the difference between winners and losers is persistence. It ain’t talent, it’s persistence.
My teacher told me about the bamboo tree. After planting the seed it takes 5 years for it to break the ground. That’s 5 whole years of attention, care and water everyday. If you miss a day it dies right there. But once it breaks through the ground, after those 5 years within 5 weeks it grows 90 feet tall.
So it isn’t going to be easy it’s going to take time. And when you have a dream, people are going to laugh because they won’t see what you see. They’ll say. What is that idiot doing watering the ground? They are incapable of seeing the plant that is planted inside of you. They have sight but no vision. Only you have the vision. So let them laugh. They’ll say be real, be realistic. But realism is often an excuse for a pessimist. And you can’t let other people’s opinion define your reality. So let them laugh. But I guarantee that you won’t find one successful person in history that people didn’t laugh at.
Stop worrying about your reputation because your reputation is what people think about you. Your character is who you are. Make the commitment, wholeheartedly to stop thinking and just do it. Do it for you. The real you. Coz you deserve it. You don’t get a do over in life. So, live your dream. You’ve got to be great to get started but you’ve got to get started to be great. “