I am sure by now you have heard the news about the new U2 album to be released later this year. Its working title is Ten Reasons To Exist, which I think is a solid title albeit I do not think this will stick. Especially if the album has eleven songs, but that is neither here nor there for this discussion. What I am doing with this blog entry is to answer that question – why do I exist? Even better, why do we all exist? It’s a pretty heavy idea and I’m not sure one that I could answer completely. If I went on the street and asked this question, I’m not sure what sort of answers I would get. I think a lot of dumb looks or really off the cuff remarks. However, I think as humanity, we should take in consideration existing.
Let’s say that Bono exists to make change in the world. It’s a fair assumption. He took his rock star famed and turned it to good use. It is a fair assessment. We as a whole have to use that measuring stick to figure out our existence, which I believe we do not learn about until we get older. For example, I exist in order to help solve others’ creative problems. I am a graphic designer and this is one of my callings, if I wish to say it that way, in life. But is that enough to exist? Let’s go a bit further into the emotional. I also exist as a loving person to family in need, such as my wife or my mother who has dementia. These are solid reasons to exist but are they? I think that existence is doing something with your life and not being selfish. So far, I have only come up with two reasons and not ten. I have to say the following eight are going to be more difficult and I am going to take my time to come up with them. So let me ask you, what is your reason to exist?