Yes this life is a short journey. Just a few thousand days. We are comparable to lizards, monkeys which have evolved some more and we are of no more or less worth than a lizard/monkey. Gods are just concepts which help man suffer less. And no one cares when we die.
Having said that what is the maximum we can get out of this life? What is there in this world which is at least worth living this life and not dying today itself?
Being free from pain? But that does not make you automatically happy.
Love and Work. There is no purpose for both. We are not seeking to achieve something because of them. They need not be recognized or appreciated. True Love and True Work. It is not dependent on what state you are in. It helps you forget the past nor get stressed out for the future. This is the essence of how societies are built. Most of the people do that without being aware of it. Somewhere down the line, maybe due to a few incidents or incorrect beliefs, few people tend to forget that.
But the most beautiful and happy thing seems to be the act of love and doing work.
Keep loving and working. There is nothing more you can really do.