What Is The Meaning Of Life?

I was pondering this question the other day, and felt the need to research and discuss it in more detail, as you do! This question has been pondered for years by lay people, learned people and philosophers.

"Why are we here?", "What is life all about?", and "What is the purpose of existence?" has been asked down the generations and has been discussed and deliberated through history.

Part of the problem is that it needs a subjective answer. The meaning of life is different to all people, all races, all creeds.

42 is not just a number...

We all want to belong, to feel needed, to be nurtured. We need human love and interaction. Some of us turn to religion to find the meaning to life, some people turn to illicit substances, some people strive to better themselves, to be the best they could possibly be, to always do good and do the right thing. But why are we put on this earth? Is it just to procreate? Is the answer to the meaning of life too profound to be understood?

I am not an expert in philosophy but would like to know what does it mean to my readers? 

According to 'The Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy" the meaning of life is the number 42, but what does it mean to you!?