Hey Lindsay, what a wonderfully inspiring piece :)
It’s true what you say, it’s so easy to go through the motions, just surviving numbly. You can see it on the train in the mornings, can’t you? The lemming-like faces and movements of people going through the motions. (Of course, this could just be them trying to wake up too!)
Sometimes situations force us to operate on survival mode. And then it becomes a habit to think we’re just surviving. It becomes an excuse not to explore, to take risks, to look deep into our hearts to find out what really makes us feel alive. I look at my daughter and other kids, and I think we all knew what made us feel alive when we were young. We’ve simply forgotten what that was.
It’s such a worthwhile endeavor to find what makes us feel alive. There’s nothing better than waking up each day knowing you will do what truly love at some point during the day — if not for as much of the day as possible :)
For me, like you Lindsay, this is writing. There’s this sense of release, achievement, and joy when I write. I also feel alive when I rockclimb. Everything in my life feels like it stops for those few precious hours I’m just focused on climbing.
And another thing that makes me feel alive is running out in nature. My soul feels connected to the earth and it helps me put any worries into perspective.
Those are wonderful dreams Lindsay, keep asking what makes people feel alive! :) Cheers!