The person who has no standard forms to fall back on, is obliged to invent and discover as they go and has no choice but to live their path. Such an approach demands relevance to the world we live in, requires responsibility and necessitates independent thinking.
Experiencing life is simply that. Experiencing life with expectation is putting your own spin on something that simply ‘is’. The expectation strips away the meaning present in that simple moment – and replaces it with something that is external to that moment.
People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive. — Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth.