This is be the one line epitaph I intend to have engraved on every heart when I say my final good bye.
The dictionary meaning of the word “Life’ revolves around:
- The condition of being alive.
- The period for which an organism exists.
- The feeling of vitality, energy and growth.
If one mechanically wants to go through the drudgery of ticking the boxes, you can certainly tick on (b), but you might need to check the coordinates of your event called life before ticking on (a) and (c).
From an ailing bed ridden man to a high flying CEO, all of us certainly exist for a period called life. We exist till we breathe. It gives us immense satisfaction, though unconscious, that we are a part of an ever surprising saga called life.
Do we actually flex our mental muscles to find out other signs of being alive apart from breathing and being there?
The condition of being alive assumes that we are mindful of what is happening inside and outside us.
Do we think about how efficiently our bones, muscles, glands, cells and viscera work every second unless we feel a pain somewhere?
We only pay attention to the wondrous working of our body when it gives us some discomfort. Till then, we use it day in and day out without being ‘alert’ or ‘mindful’.
We create an eternity of urgency around our mundane lives giving a childish impression to ourselves of being very busy in something of real importance. We run through the alleys of our occupied brain at a high speed without having any time to find out what occupies the crevices of the brain.
Our insecurities keep us glued to a life which might be more close to ‘mere existence’ than ‘energy or vitality’ of any kind.
Fear of losing what we have, fear of being judged, ridiculed or written off, and fear of failure keeps us bonded to an existence which doesn’t let us grow or evolve.
The repetitive boredom can erode our mental, emotional faculties if we don’t make an attempt to recharge and reignite our batteries.
I don’t mind being unhappy or sad because feeling unhappy is better than feeling nothing.
I think about ninety year old Mahashweta Devi, the legendary author and activist who lived a vital life till her last breath. She survived her two divorces and fought indecisive, often hopeless battles for tribals. Taking all setbacks in her stride, she never stopped persisting. Then, my thought goes towards those millennials who write a suicide note and say good bye. We are failing as a society, as a community to propagate liveliness of life.
We must choose life for life, not for being a happy life or sad life.
It is a crime to be living a day without feeling kicked about it. It is alright to feel depressed or useless as long as it pushes us to stay alive to make it better.
As an individual, I owe it to myself to be mindful of each day I live. I intend to feel varied emotions every hour. I choose to feel alive.
As a parent, I owe it to my children to make them understand the difference between ‘living life’ and ‘leading life’. I want them to feel the tangy taste of failure and bitter taste of anger along with sweet/savoury taste of happiness. I wish to refine their taste buds to enjoy all tastes of life. I wish them to wait and yearn for different tastes each day rather than safely stick to one taste that they like.
Being alive everyday means loving life every day in whatever form it chooses to surprise us. Being alive every day is a challenge to die for.