Love, in my opinion, is one of the more important aspects of being alive. Sure, a person can for one reason or another cut off all his or her relationships and still breathe, and walk around, and “exist”…but that reminds me more of someone on a ventilator than someone who has a strong pulse and a reason to build his or her strength again to a point of thriving. Relationships…compassion…we thrive on love both as an experience and as an activity.
Inventiveness…creativity…is another special aspect of being alive. I think each person brings his or her own nuance to the definition of humanness. Isn’t it cool how no two stories are the same? Isn’t it cool how, despite tragedy and injustice and heartache, there is also laughter and intimacy and aspiration, to some degree, in each person’s life? Isn’t it cool how all these things, “good” and “bad” work together to make, in the end, something beautiful and precious?
Voting. Exploring. Working. Breathing. Playing. Humming. Listening. Sometimes I think it is easy to take for granted the pleasure of all the simple gifts that come as part of the package of being alive.
Enjoyment is an important part of being alive. I think maybe no matter where a person finds him-/herself, he/she can find enjoyment in something. Granted, there may be seasons and situations where this is harder than others…but that’s the interesting thing about seasons: they change. I have found enjoyment in things like warm sunshine after walking outside of a cold building…or candlelight and soothing music after a busy and stressful day at work…or seeing someone I care about genuinely smile.
What a gift we have been given! What do you love about being alive? ...
...you know…besides the Bee Gees?
P.S. - Speaking of things that start with "A," special thanks to Arlee Bird for creating the A to Z Challenge and making it what it is!!