As An Atheist Can Your Life Have Purpose and Meaning?

I was wondering what other people thought about this.

I realize we weren't born with a purpose. No creator or "higher calling".

But as a non believer can your life have meaning and purpose without god?
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    Michael Pianko

    Human beings evolved into existence according to evolution and according to genetic accident or coincidence or random chance. In terms of biology your "purpose" is just to be a vessel for your DNA and to have kids so that pieces of your DNA will continue to exist or so the species will continue to exist. In terms of having a special mission nor goal in life, the whole concept of the generic meaning or purpose to life that you think you have to have is imaginary. You don't need a deep mind blowing profound meaning or purpose. Certainly there is no such thing as a deep profound meaning which is just "out there" which you can "discover". If you want, for all it matters, you could study philosophy and make up some mind blowing, fancy, profound meaning, or adopt somebody else's ideas. Mainly you just need to find fun hobbies and activities you like to do and you need to find a life which does not revolve around the fact that many people around you are infected with religion and you are not. You need to be time efficient and fit in a good amount of experiences and activitied before you get too old. You need to have peak experiences that come from activities or experiences which do not involve drugs or eating or drinking or any religion-like or trance-like state where the function of parts of your brain are inhibited. A peak experience could be anything from getting a strike in bowling to visiting some spectacular archaeological site to announcing to somebody that religion is bogus. In general the more base, banal, stupid, and vulgar the answers you get to your question are, the more true or useful the answer will be.
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      Dr. Allan H. Clark

      Too many people let life just happen to them instead of choosing how they live. When you raise the question of purpose, everyone begins to think of big overarching questions, but often the mistakes we make are on a much more mundane level of not living deliberately every day.

      Frittering away time on social media, even Atheist Nexus, does not always contribute to my well being. Spending money and time carelessly hurts you in the end. Letting friendships lapse and neglecting your health are common errors. If you can't handle the little things how can you expect to tackle larger issues in your life?

      A good exercise is to try, just for one day, to do everything you do deliberately, consciously, intentionally‚ÄĒbeginning with the smallest things in life. It may sound silly, but my day begins with making my bed, a thing I learned at home as a child and have done almost all my life. I do it deliberately so that it's neat and straight. That's a good start to the day.

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        Bruce Jay Berck Jr.

        My god is music. I cherish it just like any Theist would cherish a crusifix. I fully believe your life is what you make it. Just because there isn't a god above looking down on you doesn't mean you life is worthless. Every one of us is stacked, completely chalk full of reasons to live. Don't let people tell you that you have no purpose. Those people are blinded by their so called god. I swear sometimes the most judgemental people are the ones sitting front row at their churches Sunday Mass. They pray to a god for guidance and peace, but yet they lash out on others because your ideals colide.