"Do you think that there is inherent meaning in anything?"
My friend, I think that a large portion of your question is dependent on what defines "meaning." The significance of one person, or object, or event is all relative-always relative. If one looks at our planet from a universal perspective, nothing on this planet has any meaning. To quote Carl Sagan, our world as we know it - "thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every 'superstar,' every 'supreme leader,' every saint and sinner in the history of our species" - exists merely "on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam." Nevertheless, magnify the interactions of each human, and you will see that every second of someones life has meaning. Every moment affects another, a domino effect ignited by each being, wether they choose to or not. The magnitude of this significance is determined by the individual. There is some degree of inherent meaning in everything, but what that meaning is, is inevitably uncertain.