Life is what happens while you make other plans.
Live for pleasure. Avoid pain. Surrender life to that enjoyment as a supreme good, as a goal to achieve. Happiness? No. Better to eliminate the fear of anguish, pain, anxiety, anger, hatred, sadness.
Summer of love. California. 1962. The loss of a loved one defines the days of Professor Falconer, succumbed to an inert routine from which he sees only one way out. Output that defines the meaning of his life: ending it.
Life is what happens while you make other plans. The only certain decision in time is the power to decide on the continuity of your life. End this one or continue. Continue, if only out of curiosity.