Are you in love with being alive?

I saw this picture on my friend Debbie’s Facebook page and I had to nab it. Why, because I believe that we often forget to fall in love with being alive. It is difficult to turn on the television, read a Facebook post or see a news story without some element of sadness or death being a part of what we see. It is all around us, often consumes us and makes us take a look at our own mortality. When we are younger we feel infallible, indestructible and believe that nothing can touch us. As we age and start to lose those around us, the importance of enjoying life becomes even that more important.

Every one of our 1,440 minutes in a day are an opportunity to open up our souls and let life in. To enjoy the mundane with the exciting and know that they are each a gift that we hav been given as we breathe that next breath of life. Acknowledging and working through the strife that comes with that journey only makes use stronger and more aware to make the most of the minutes that we are given.

Why is it so hard to enjoy even the simple things of our day? Taking that first step out of bed when another day greets us. Hugging our loved ones goodbye as we send them off on their day. Sitting with that first cup of coffee or tea, meditating, praying or just being with our own thoughts. Throughout the day we should do the things that make us smile, laugh, cry and feel emotion. Then when we lay our heads down on our pillows at night, we give thanks for the gift of another day and all it had to offer.

When we come to the point that we have filled our lives with those things that make us happy, we are armed with the artillery that we need to weather the things that make us sad. Feeling alive, present and allowing ourselves to experience life as it was meant to be, gives us a reason to fall in love with being alive each and every day. What will you do with your 1,440 minutes today?

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