How to balance this notion. A dream for a long life with actual living. The desire for longevity makes perfect sense. It is in line with our essential will to live. It is in line with the miraculous fact of our simple existence. The privilege of this human experience.
When I think back to times when I was younger, times when I had a hard time being good to myself, I feel very lucky to be alive and in sound health. The body is so strong and so delicately poised in the desire for equilibrium. So when I reflect on it now, the will to live goes even deeper than I understand. It is a force that buoys me up through moods and decisions and circumstances. The will to live is infused with such nobility and tenacity.
To think we live so automatically so much of the time. These days it strikes me that it is our job as humans to cultivate an attitude of respecting this essential will to life. To carry this out in a way that moves the individual and collective experience forward. What a mystery we inhabit. We pass through so many doorways on the road to becoming ourselves. The essential quality is that of the journey. The privilege to learn and grow. I wish you happiness and peace.
Photo by Julia Caesar