As a child we sang a song with the lyrics "Row row row (your boat) gently down the stream, Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,: Life is but a dream." Maybe *your boat) is symbolic of your time.
I once had a dream that my life was in fact a dream. It's been said that we are spirits having a (human) experience. Just about everyone has experienced a "déjà vu" moment in their life. Some people believe our souls are reincarnated. A spirit never dies.
One of my favorite quotes is: "Perception is reality." I believe most of us would enjoy life more if we looked at life as a (personal journey) and a learning experience. From the moment we took our first breath the clock began ticking towards the countdown of our death. We work, stress, and worry about satisfying our egos, gathering things, fame/importance, one upping the competition and in the end we can't take none of that stuff with us.
The number one advice given to high school grads is "follow your dreams", Most inspirational and positive motivation books stress the use of (imagination) and (visualization) to create the life that we want. The irony is we won't learn to the meaning of life until we die. All of the answers are on the other side.