Is the meaning of life really 42?




I’m sorry to disappoint you all but there is no meaning to our lives. There is no ultimate goal. We are here as a product of circumstance and coincidence. We weren’t placed here for a higher purpose or created for a deities pleasure. What reason would there be for that to happen? Why would someone go to all that trouble?


The best explanation for the meaning to life, the Universe and everything that I have ever been given is 42. When I first watched Hitch Hikers Guide it was just a funny thing I watched with my Dad and it honestly still is a funny thing that people watch with their Dad’s but the answer it gives to explain our ‘being’ is excellent.

42 is a good enough answer. It could have been 12 or 67. Adams chose 42 for no reason other than it is an ordinary number,

“The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number, an ordinary, smallish number, and I chose that one. Binary representations, base thirteen, Tibetan monks are all complete nonsense. I sat at my desk, stared into the garden and thought ’42 will do’. I typed it out. End of story.”  – D.Adams, 1993


The point is that you’re not going to get a better answer anywhere else other than that. And that’s okay! It’s nothing to freak out about. Why do you even need an answer anyway? Do you really want to spend your life searching for meaning? Why can’t you just do what ever the hell you want and enjoy it?

Chances are that if you spend your time looking for deeper meaning you’re going to end up disappointed. I’d rather my life ended with my knowing that I have lived it, I enjoyed my time, I took chances, I made mistakes and I had adventures and didn’t have to worry about what it all meant.

Asking that question can sometimes tire your brain out, it can drive you nuts and send you round and round in circles. It’s good to ponder and pause upon these things every now and again but don’t let them consume you.

Your life has meaning and purpose, of course it does, you’re not irrelevant but there is no higher purpose for us being here. If of course it turns out that I am mistaken I shall eat my hat…


Don’t ever let anyone make you think you’re not good enough. 

Follow your dreams right now! Don’t wait until tomorrow, 

next week, next year. Stop planning, start doing 🙂


Be happy and keep smiling 🙂 




Published by Kate

I write, therefore I am. I spend my days writing, wondering what to write, being creative and generally being awesome 😊 Welcome to my world, won't you come on in? xx

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