#500: Tolerating Life or Living It?
Thursday, July 28, 2011
"People are always getting ready to live but never living." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
In one of her recent blogs SPARKIE1964 innocently asked what has turned out to be for me a probing question:
"Are you tolerating life or are you living it?"
The other day I drove along one of our area's major streets on my way to give a blood sample in advance of this coming Monday's doctor appointment. It was a road I have traveled often in the 30 years I've lived here. That day though what kept hammering at my mind during the drive was, "Is this all there is? Is this my destiny to live here the rest of my live? Am I simply tolerating life or living it?"
I wasn't happy with the answer: "Tolerating it."
While it may be unrealistic to live a life where we are happy and totally fulfilled every moment from when we awake in the morning to when we lie down to sleep at night, it seemed to me right then that there should be more happy and fulfilling moments, that much of my life is repetitious and gray. Does yours ever feel the same?
Is this attributable to depression, fearing mortality, boredom, loneliness, not yet finding a passion, a zeal? I'm not sure. But I do know many of us yearn for something, anything, exciting to happen in our lives. Yes, winning the lottery would do it. But what else? Any ideas? What revs up the passion in your life? What do you yearn for?
Are you tolerating life or living it?