Leslie from over at Time out for Mom asked: Gimme Five. Reasons for Living that is.
Hmm,there are the obvious choices: David, friends, family, of course, I could simply list 5 names that are closest to me, but that would be too easy. So, let’s ponder a little more. Why do I live? What is living? Purely existing? I hope not. What is living to me? As much as I hate to say it, making money (to live) is a big part of living. It is not the reason for living and not the most important thing in my life, but it takes up a whole lot of my time. The good thing is, making money a.k.a. work, a job – can be fun, too.
And having fun is definitely a good reason for living. What do I consider fun? Spending time with friends and family, being at the beach and ocean, watching a sunset, windsurfing, cooking – especially together with friends. And how to have fun differs for everyone for obvious reasons. So, what do you consider fun in your life?
One other thing that for me is part of being alive, is learning. I like to learn new things or improve on ‘old’ ones. Of course, I do have my preferences and there are topics that I learn easier, just because I prefer the subject. I love to try out new recipes, so cooking is big on my list and computers, even though my desktop currently lies in pieces behind me. But just in general I am curious and I rarely say, if ever I have said it, ‘it has always been like this, so…’ – I don’t like that sentence. It always seems to be a pretty cheap and quick answer. My standard reply is: Why? And maybe there is a very good reason why it has always been, but don’t be too lazy, too uninterested, too something to find out, o.k.?!
Well, I feel I am straying from the subject here – o.k. reasons for living – you already know that I am no philosopher, and I am not really religious (when it comes to church as an institution), but I believe and I care. I care about David, my friends, my family, nature, the Earth and also my extended virtual friends and family, which means you. You have become a part of my life. Why would I write this blog otherwise? Only for me? I don’t think so. If I were, I could write a diary in the dark of my closet. But I am not much of a writer. As you know I love taking photographs. I also love to look at them and so I have several hanging on the walls of our home. But getting feedback from you – that brings them alive. And with them, also me.
Have I answered the question? Hm, probably not in the true sense of really posting a list of five. But all of the above combined – possibly a little bit more to add some spice – is enough reason for me to continue to live and feel alive. And I sincerely hope that you have found your reasons for living and that you enjoy them as much as I enjoy mine.
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