An excerpt from one of my favorite people's blogs -
Projecting meaning into everything?
How many other things in life really have no meaning?
She was born April 12. He was born September 22. What does it mean?
One day you ride your bike instead of taking the bus. That day your usual bus gets into a big accident. What does it mean?
Black cat crosses your path as you walk under a ladder on Friday the 13th. What does it mean?
Nothing at all.
Nothing has inherent meaning. It is what it is and that's it.
We just choose to project meaning onto things. It feels good.
Even if presented with proof that it's totally random or neutral, we decide it has meaning anyway. It makes life more poetic and beautiful.
(And what if you've projected some bad meaning onto something, and it's getting you down? Don't forget that none of it is true. You're the one that put the meaning into it. You can just as easily take all the meaning out of it.)