By Tiani Dun

Film: Ayla Woolley in Belgian Gardens

Life is weird to think about sometimes.

All the struggles, all of our hardships, the stress of work, studying, phone bills, $400 seatbelt fines, and what’s the point? What’s it all for?

I’m here to tell you that it’s all for nothing. Scientists and philosophers have debated about it for centuries, and most have come to the general consensus that there’s absolutely no point in life, whatsoever.

People may provide you with the illusion that life is meant to be filled with purposeful, meaningful work. And it’s certainly true that work in the service of others will make you feel as though you have a purpose.

But in reality, everything we ever do will eventually be forgotten or destroyed. The difference between the beginning of your life and the end will likely be engraved on a slab of stone as a single dashed line.

“–“ will be all that remains of your story once you pass onto your next life. And this notion, while harsh for some to contemplate, is liberating for others.

Think about it. Nothing that you can or will do will have very much significance, in the grand scheme of things that is.

I mean, perhaps your family will remember you for some time to come. Perhaps, if you are exceptionally significant, then other humans will remember you for some centuries even. But eventually, the earth will collapse in supernova and the human race will go extinct, so nothing we ever do will ever really matter, anyway.

Therefore, in logical succession I come to the conclusion that life is meant to be lived. If you look at your life now, and you’re not living it exactly how you’d like it to be, then why aren’t you doing something about it?

Why not do whatever the hell you want?

Now, I’m not advising you to go and rob a bank, or take revenge on your ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend. In fact, you may not have to do anything at all. But if you’re currently feeling down or stuck, then I am encouraging you to do a self-audit. Ask yourself – what skillset do I use when I am feeling most inspired? Follow what feels good and have the courage to take action for your life.

Film: Ayla Woolley at Rowes Bay

If you aren’t living your life, then live it. If you don’t like something, then change it. Be a little selfish, and make decisions based on whatever you want to do. We live in a time when we all have the power to live in the most extraordinary way that we deserve.

So go out and enjoy your time while you have it. Enjoy the warm sunshine outside, the smell of the flowers on your street and the breeze in your face the next time you’re out for a walk.

Enjoy the view from the hill and the stars at night. (When stargazing, you can expect to see a shooting star every 10-15 minutes).

Enjoy the perfect moments and the imperfect ones too. If you feel sad, experience it, let it consume you, and know that it too, shall pass. 

Enjoy your meaningless, fruitless, and completely pointless life. You might not live for very much longer, anyway.

(What’s a motto? -Nothing, what’s a motto with you?)

By Tiani Dun

A Day’s End by Tiani

The Ocean Monkeys firmly believe that life’s purpose lies within connecting with and elevating other humans. We can glean so much from one another -which is why we have decided to build this website and raise awareness of the wonderful happenings around the Townsville region.

Our lives hold a plethora of opportunities for those who seek them. We have observed that by having important connections, one can achieve almost anything.  

Therefore, our motto is connectedness.

Connectedness doesn’t necessarily just mean with other humans, but with all sentient beings. Humans, animals, plants, trees, rocks, even bananas, we are all made up of the same thing.

In fact, did you know that we are 99% genetically similar to monkeys? 80% similar to cows? We even share around 60% of our DNA with bananas.

“Within you lies the sun, the moon, the sky and all the wonders of this universe. The intelligence that created these wonders is the same force that created you.”

Robin Sharma

As humans we often forget that we are inextricably linked to our environment. We are linked within a food web, albeit at the top, but we rely on the energy of the earth around us for survival.

In particular, we are connected to the ocean. If you think about it, we are all sea creatures. We evolved from the sea to walk on land, and still, without the sea we would not be able to survive. In fact, we are not so different from our pelagic relatives. We rely on the ocean for many things – the oxygen we breath, the food we eat and the habitat we require. Imagine an Earth without the ocean, it would probably be desolate, and look a bit like Mars.

Naturally, we humanoids are drawn to the seas. The Ocean Monkeys certainly are, and if you are reading this, then it’s likely that you are one of us, too.

Sina on Water by Tiani

Our motto is connectedness. And our vision is that if everybody lived in a way where we could reconnect with all life, then there wouldn’t be so much unhappiness in the world.

If you asked me what life’s purpose was, I would say it’s about finding connectedness and bringing it to life. It’s about discovering what you love and having the courage to do it, and bringing all beings together in this great, wonderful world.