Life is like a tidal wave. It has the ability to crash into your existence and sweep you off of your feet, and it has the monumental power to carry you gently and remind you to keep going. It is the moments of nothing making sense when we often question everything that is, everything that was, and everything we have yet to see transform. The questioning of the unknown combined with the power of being knocked down by the pieces we just cannot wrap our minds around is a surge of electrical vibrations that can leave us feeling shocked and unaware of what is happening. There are so many times we sit with the only question we can think of; why?
It’s the why(s) that leave us feeling confused, empty, and uneasy. They don’t allow us to feel settled, and they have the ability to shake us to our core. When they present themselves we instantly become shocked. We are stunned as we look blankly at the spaces before us, desperately looking for answers to questions that will likely go unanswered. We immediately respond with the words and actions of never letting things go by again. We let the pain penetrate ourselves like the sword of fighting enemies. It goes deep.
And then, it happens. The sword is lowered despite the wound that it created and things we said in the moments of pain go on and off into the air like wisps of smoke rising from a smoldering fire. The embers are still glowing but we have forgotten to stoke the embers to keep the flame going. The ashes are still present but we continue as if the fire only needed to burn while it was ignited.
Life continues, it does, even after those moments that leave us breathless. What we need to practice more of is to live and exist from the pieces that fuel are declarations of not taking life for granted ever again long before a time arises where it hits us how true that is. It should not be only in the moments of grieving that we circle around each other, push ourselves past our zones of comfort, connect with those we love, meet up with someone over a cup of coffee, or allow for the experiences that fuel our existence. It should never be that we live only in a time when death has left us speechless only to go on as if it never happened. We should ALWAYS live, we should NEVER merely exist.
Life is something that should never be taken for granted. It is not sufficient to sit and wait for the moments to arrive. It is not enough to wonder if. It is an empty existence if we don’t allow ourselves to be drawn into the living. Time is a man made constraint which exists for the purpose of fooling us into believing it will always be available. Enjoy it now. Don’t wait for a juncture of the perfect moment. The perfect moment is always now. It is never when. If the moments of now are allowed to slide by into moments of when it feels right you will find yourself waiting a lifetime of not knowing what could have been.
Don’t wait. It has been said to you before. You have read the inspirational quotes. You have had the life altering moments and the unexpected losses. Don’t just sit there. Allow yourself to be in the life that has been given to you. Find your tribe. Be kind to other humans. Sit with the stars. Fill your energy with beautiful moments. You won’t be immune to the challenges of being human, but you will be able to challenge the typical occurrence of living. It’s a gift to be here. It is also a challenge. But, embrace all of it. Learn from the lessons and apply them. Rise up and carry on, but never forget the moments and the people who fueled your fire up the mountain side. Follow the fires that burn on the love that was left behind and carry its torches with each step you take. Live with passion. Live with meaning. Live from a place of hope. Live to laugh. Live to love. It’s a ride that has no known expectancy of when it will be done, so fill it with the moments, and fill it with all of them.