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|
* 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|
|Sophomore year at University, in the crappy apartment we thought was amazing - 2002|
* Falling in love for the first time, and the subsequent heartbreak that followed years later
|Working on a student film project - Summer 2005|
* 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|
|Haystack Rock - Cannon Beach, OR - May 2011|
* 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?