Friday, October 5, 2012

When Do You Feel Most Alive?

I was recently listening to a radio program that was discussing moments in which people feel the most alive, referencing things like riding a roller coaster or climbing a mountain. This is, of course, different for everyone but it really got me thinking about what it means to feel alive, and when do I feel the most alive?

So much of life is about routine. I think most of us create and thrive on the structure that have in our every day lives, but when does this translate into really feeling alive?

In looking back over the course of my life, I think I have felt most alive when I was learning and/or experiencing something new. A few moments that come to mind are:

* Swinging at recess in elementary school 

My little brother Conor, back in 1991
* When my little brother was born (I was 9 years old)

* My first kiss with the boy I had a crush on for months

* Being on stage in my first high school play

A much younger (and skinnier) me during one of many nights where I secretly went out with my friends in high school
* Sneaking out of my parents house in the middle of the night to meet up with friends

Sophomore year at University, in the crappy apartment we thought was amazing - 2002
* My first two years of college, making friends and realizing I could do whatever I wanted

* Falling in love for the first time, and the subsequent heartbreak that followed years later

Working on a student film project - Summer 2005
* Attending classes at film school and knowing it was exactly what I was supposed to be doing at the time

* Starting work on my first, real film job

* Falling in love for the second time, and knowing it was more right than ever

My wedding day - April 2010
* Marrying my husband 

Haystack Rock - Cannon Beach, OR - May 2011
* Visiting the Oregon Coast. It's magical there.

* Going to the pumpkin patch. I can't explain why, but I always feel alive at the pumpkin patch.  

Paris 2009 - The day we got engaged

* Traveling. I think I feel more alive when I am traveling than I do during any other time. It is so important to me and has shaped who I am in so many ways. When Dan and I have children, we have both made the commitment that our children will see the world. 

I think that I am going to let this thought mull around in my mind for awhile since it has really intrigued me. I mean, the whole point of living is to feel alive, right? So, how can I/we create more moments of feeling alive and less of following the routine? 

What about you? When do you feel most alive?

Happy Friday!


  1. Fun! I liked looking back on all this and remembering all the detials of your stupid little life. You picked a good assortment here, many milestone memories. I would say you missed:

    The day you got your braces off.
    The day you got your license and Mom and Dad wouldn't let you drive unless it served their needs such as getting milk.
    The day you got stung by a bee up your skirt on the merry-go-round.
    The day you took up the flute.
    The day you woke me up by slapping me in the face. hehe.

    Just kidding- cute post. I always love your engagement-day photos! And I can remember your call to me telling me you're engaged like it was yesterday.

  2. Great post! I can identify with the traveling thing- hands down, when I'm on my solo journeys is when I feel most alive: foreign countries where I don't know the language, foreign countries where I DO know the language and get more and more fluent, depending solely on myself to figure out *every little thing*, skydiving in the Swiss Alps, crossing the Costa Rica-Nicaragua border on foot by myself (a nightmare, but I did it!), and working at a 12th century castle in Germany are some of the experiences that come to mind.

    And yes, the day my husband and I got engaged! We were on a sailboat on the Hudson River, and he completely surprised me (I knew he was going to ask me, I just didn't know he was going to charter a boat to do it)- it was the most exhilarating, romantic thing.

    A more everyday-sort of alive moment would be completing a great hike when we've finally arrived at some waterfalls, or the top of a mountain with a breathtaking view. Love those moments :)

    1. Wow! I would say you are living life to the fullest! Those are some great moments that sound FULL of life. I love it. And I like your addition of finishing a hike as being a more everyday moment - very cool. Perhaps we should all try to identify the smaller moments as well.


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