To live is the rarest thing in the world-most people exist, that is all.

—Oscar Wilde

Truth.  Every time that I contemplate this quote, I am sharply reminded of how easily I am hypnotized into a mere exist-ing state of living.  The ease with which my mind and body fall into the slavery of earning a living, doing class work, grocery shopping, cleaning, laundry, did-I-hit-the-snooze-button-again-blue-pill-taking mentality is sometimes terrifying and therefore, I have decided to set down a few items in order to help me keep it real and avoid sleep-walking while I am awake.  Here goes:

What Makes Me Feel Most Alive

  • Connecting with other humans-either intellectually, physically, or spiritually.
  • Creating-making beauty from the ordinary or unappealing.
  • Seeing promise in the discarded.
  • Anticipation of passionate encounters and fantasies and then making a point of engaging all of my five senses in the experience.
  • Nature and the outdoors and the unexpected varieties of pure, beautiful, and obscure upheavals of the raw forms of evolving biological life.
  • Smells that evoke strong memories-especially sex smells and the pheromones of myself and certain others.
  • Music that transports me to another time in memory or an imagined concept of another time and triggers physical stimulation.
  • Running makes me feel alive and connected to my physical existence by being out of my head and into my organic expression.

There you have it–and I hope reading my list has inspired you to wake up and smell the coffee because we don’t get any do-overs in this life.  I have said my “good-byes” to the blue-pill life and now I am heading out the door for one of my red-pill taking, no-more-fucking-sleep-walking runs!

Please share some of your living vs. existing experiences, if you are so inclined…I would enjoy hearing from you…XO