Many people have their own strong opinions of what they think real life is. Some would say winning the lottery and becoming a millionaire, quitting their job and making a trip around world for a year. Others might think that it is finding your Prince Charming and living happily ever after. How about becoming a Hollywood movie star and making it big? God also has strong opinions of what real life is. And since it is written in the Bible, and even spoken by Jesus Himself, I would trust that word.
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. John 17:3
The word 'Know' in the greek is speaking of 'to come to know, to become acquainted with.' You see God is all about relationship. This is the reason that He made man and woman. It's not so He could watch us from His throne and be entertained and amused by us. It is so that we could have relationship, and come to know Him. To discover about His goodness and His mercy. That we might know Him as the only true God, and Jesus His Son, whom He sent for us because of His great love.
To really know God, as Father and as friend is truly living. And life is meant to be a true joy, not drudgery and day to day boredom. When you wake up in the morning, it's not supposed to be "Oh no, not another day, I hate my life." But when we finally discover Him, then and only then, will we really know the truth of what life is meant to be. Our heart aches for love, to be loved, to have purpose, to be noticed by one who accepts us just as we are. Look no further. He is watching and loving you right this very minute. And He is not sorry that He made you at all. He is patiently waiting for you to discover Him. He has plans for you. Good plans to bless you and for you to be a blessing to others. But you cannot give to others, until you have received yourself of this love.
I have heard of the stories of the tiny baby orphans in poor countries, who have no one to hold them, to love and comfort them. No human touch or contact. And if they grow up and live, this lack of touch affects their being and quality of life to the point where they don't feel. Their heart becomes hardened. We all respond to love, for we are made that way. God made us that way. He made us to be dependent creatures. But He meant us to be dependent on Him. He wants to pour His love into us. When you are full, you will overflow onto others as a fountain. You cannot give what you do not have.
For with Thee is the fountain of life. In Thy light, shall we see light. Ps. 36:9
You can only get wet when you are near the fountain of water...