The meaning of life comes from what you do in your life: your activities and achievements. These are real even though you die, and would be no more real if you lived forever (though admittedly you would have time for a lot more of them).
I'm interested in such statements as "Life is strange", "The world is an amazing place", etc. How meaningful are they when we don't have other examples of "life" or "world" to compare them with? If they are not meaningful (and I don't know whether you will conclude that they are) why do people have a propensity for making such statements?
Even if in order to find something strange or amazing you need something familiar or mundane to compare it with, we could make sense of your statements in terms of the variety within a single life or a single world. It would be something like the sentiment that no matter how much you have experienced, you are in for more surprises. So even though some things become familiar and mundane, there will always be new things strange and amazing. And maybe we can even have strangeness without familiarity, the amazing without the mundane. Could there be a life where everything is strange and a world where everything is amazing? I don't at the moment see why not.
I am interested to know whether the panelists consider themselves to be contented souls. I am currently searching (as methodically as possible) for a context for my life within, well, "everything" and wondered whether there is a consensus on how long this process is likely to take. I am rapidly realizing that there is no answer yet to some of the biggest questions; so maybe I need to home in on the right questions. I'm sure this is a fairly well trodden path - are there some short cuts or is "the journey" itself a component of "the destination"?
I doubt that professi0nal philosophers are on average more contented that every other group, though many of us do feel extremely lucky to be paid to engage in such a stimulating and satisfying activity. But our contentment does not derive from having chosen problems that we find easy to answer!