do something meaningful with (one's) life

You may sometimes hear this phrase. People often talk about "doing something meaningful with" their lives. This usually means that they want to have a job that makes them feel happy, makes them well-known and respected, and gives them a chance to help people. For example, you can say to someone who's doing interesting medical research:

I envy you. You're actually doing something meaningful with your life.

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