A few nights ago I was apart of one of those evenings that, in hindsight, felt like a dream. It was visually beautiful and conversationally stimulating. We ate and drank and lived well. During the evening, one conversation that drew my attention was the question my new friends Jen and Brad brought up. They asked, "what do you view a well lived life to be?" This struck me as I’ve been having a similar conversation with myself and loved ones. Everyone has that place, experience, or value that draws him or her to this almost unspeakable place of awe within themselves. I’ve felt it a good amount of times in my life, and when I’ve fumbled through my words to share it with others, some can quickly relate and others stare blankly.
I’ve come to realize the blank stares have been my lack of communication. As a wise man once said, “Words can only point, they can never capture.” Well said. I really believe everyone has had this feeling before, whether acknowledged or not, fleeting or long lasting...we’ve all felt our hearts burst with joy.
The conversation of what is a well-lived life is very different from person to person, which I feel makes it a wonderful conversation to have. As I’ve been thinking on this and talking with others I’ve selfishly been on a mission to truly discover for myself what that well lived, fully live life would look like for me. What an exciting journey we all get to have of discovering our hearts!
The easy thing, though, is to let the responsibilities of life, the expectations of others, or the fear we have within to stop us all dead in our tracks from exploring this well lived life. Let’s hold each other up in encouragement to never stop this pursuit.
There are two places that come to mind quickly where my heart overflows, both for different reasons have been awe inspiring to me. The first is whenever I find myself hiking Mt. Rainier in Washington State. The outdoors, the massive natural beauty that surrounds me...I’m overcome and speechless. The second when I’m on a bicycle in NYC riding between taxis on those big wide streets. The many different lives being lived, the history, the culture, the freedom a bike can bring -- my mind is wonderfully hard at work trying to process this bustling metropolis. I can’t get enough!
And so I challenge you to think through what is a well-lived life? What is a life full of awe, freedom, and inspiration? Name them and then think through what it was in those surroundings that made you feel life was being lived well.
To the discovery of our souls!
My wonderful Mom! This was a very specail day, two of my favorites. Love her.
Mt. Rainier from home. Across from Lake Washington.
until next time,