A soul takes human birth in order to have a series of experiences through which it will awaken out of its illusion of separateness. The physical experience of being incarnated is the curriculum, and the purpose of the course is to awaken us from the illusion that we are the incarnation. Spiritual practices are tools to help us accomplish these goals.
It really is all perspective and choice. Depending on your world-view you will either think:
A. Life sucks and then you die
B. Life is an illusion and you need to return to your True Self
C. Life is amazing and you are Divine now
What world-view dominates your life?