Alive — Outline

nature-snow-leopardIt is not nearly enough to just be awake.  Your current awareness is analogous to a patient waking up in a hospital bed after a decade-long coma.  No, you are being too hard on and critical of yourself.  You gave the momentum a try – it just isn’t for you.  Regardless, now that you are awake, it is time to begin to think about how you will progress forward to living, and then becoming Alive.  Since the goal is to become Alive, you need to reflect on what that means.  After you have an understanding of what it means to be Alive, then you can begin to chart out a plan to live in order to become Alive.

And you must set realistic expectations.  The moments to be Alive are going to be less than the moments to live.  The moments to be Alive, given the momentum, have to be earned through pain, patience, and the precious expense of energy.  In order to define what it is to be Alive, for you, a reflection into the past is essential.  And the past can be broken up into broad periods – childhood, teens, twenties, thirties, and now.  In each of these periods, you need to think about when you felt truly Alive.  When did you feel the intensity and lust of being?  When did you feel the delicate…the sublime?  When did you experience the dark…the light?  It is the extremes we are looking for here, not the norm, not the grey area that we expense most of our waking moments and energy.  What were the mountain peaks…the deep dark chasms?  Of course, childhood may be somewhat innocent and devoid of dark chasms, but nevertheless, this is where you need to begin.

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14 thoughts on “Alive — Outline

  1. expectation… when you have them not, you will not be disappointed.. so , in my point of view , better to not have expectation… take the things as they are and do not pretend.
    on the other hand… Feeling alive, what a great adventure it would be!! wow…
    to feel free to think, feel, smell, touch, breath, speak. WHO wants to feel like they’re just a number to society? Maybe it is more efficient to try to be content with your current situation. Finding the good in it, and going all out to do the best you can, to feel satisfied with your self, and feel alive knowing you’re operating optimally. Everyone, and everything should have a purpose, something that makes you feel a sense of being.
    Feeling alive isn’t hard, just break your routines. Break some rules.


    “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive”….(Howard Thurman)

  2. Let’s live and not merely exist! I forgot from which author/philosopher I got this quote, but it reflects much truth and is linked to what your post underlines. Thanks for writing this! It’s an interesting reflection to ponder on…

  3. As the momentum and inertia of living continue, my friend Tincup has triumphed over merely being Alive in the moment of reflection . . . . .

    Tincup, why are the eyes of the first snow leopard blue and the second one white?

    And why did you choose snow leopards (apart from the obvious that it is winter where you live) instead of choosing any other images of anything in the universe?

    • Hello SoundEagle. I picked the snow leopard not only for its obvious beauty…but think about where this beautiful creature survives…in some of the most extreme places on earth. This creature is also rare…endangered of course…but a rare find. I also have been thinking about snow lately…it doesn’t snow here much except in the mountains…but their is this photographer I admire that loves winter…you know…Margo Wiessman…White Spark (…winter or the cold…the wind…the ice air in your lungs…wakes you up…makes you appreciate life…and look at the eyes of these snow leopards…are they not wild and alive??? I don’t know why the eyes are different colors…but I think the second snow Leopard has green eyes?

    • I would humbly submit that the choice of these creatures is symbolic of the fact that despite the most adverse conditions imaginable they somehow succeed in being supremely alive–very Nietzschean creatures in their amor fati and “whatever doesn’t kill them makes them stronger”. Perhaps also the fact of that they live solitary lives plays into the choice, for that spirit who today chooses and wills to truly be alive is by that very fact alone. Such spirits also find themselves facing the most adverse conditions imaginable, but of a very different nature–not the harsh elements of the icy North, but everywhere they turn yet another needle offering the somnambulate path of living death, of a pleasantly sedated “life” without teeth not to mention eyes. The time to run and howl and bare and dig in with luscious fangs is now, before every last wilderness is closed and locked behind the bars of cages, and every last beautiful modicum of wildness within us is tranquilized.

      Cheers Mates,

  4. I’m with absolutewinter.
    “LET us go then, you and I,
    When the evening is spread out against the sky
    Like a patient etherized upon a table;
    Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets,
    The muttering retreats
    Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels
    And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells:
    Streets that follow like a tedious argument
    Of insidious intent
    To lead you to an overwhelming question….
    Oh, do not ask, “What is it?”
    Let us go and make our visit”.
    T.S. Eliot

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