Saturday, December 31, 2011

Hello, 2012

Are you truly living or merely existing?

Almost a year ago, I gave myself a challenge to find my answer to that question. And a challenge to write more than once for the year.

I guess the latter was a bit harder to accomplish – what with all the juggling a striving young professional has to deal with these days. Then again, I might just be full of excuses. Writing requires time and discipline. And I shamelessly lack both. Wink, wink. Anyway, my ramblings on the creative process of writing belong to a different post, which has been sitting idly on my laptop for quite some time. I will go back to that soon. But for now, the challenge I set for myself is begging for an answer.

What does it take to live? What does it take to exist? To exist is to eat, to breathe, to clothe oneself, and to do everything that enables one to physically survive. To live, however, is to go beyond this mere existence.

To live is to love, to pursue your greatest passions, to read a book, to write, to laugh out loud, to travel and see the marvels of the world, to learn new things, to take risks, to conquer fears, to experience the full spectrum of human emotions, and the list goes on.

I have to admit, existing is so much easier than living. But what kind of life would that be? I only have one shot at this life, and I don’t even know how long I’ll live, so I gotta KICK.ASS.AT.THIS!

2012 brings another 366 days of as yet unknown struggles, joys, challenges, and rewards. But even before all those come around, the beginning of the year gives us a chance to define for ourselves the kind of life we truly want to live. For me, right now, that’s all that matters.

So 2012, bring it on. Happy New Year, everyone. La vita e bella.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Are you truly living or merely existing?

The words just leapt off the page of the book that I was reading and landed smack on my head. My brain stopped right there. It’s a simple question, supposedly, yet it left me grasping at straws. There’s nothing complicated about how it’s stated, but the answer would tell you how much or how little you know about life and living.

I will not make any attempt to answer that question right now. In my head, I have vague scribbles that could pass for answers but I figured I have a year ahead of me to test, de-bunk, and re-formulate my theories. For the past 2 years, I always start (and end – yeah, somehow, I never get past the first post) the year with a melodramatic post of new chances, new beginnings, and new employers. So this year, I’m going to start it with a challenge to find my own answer to that question. And yes, to write more than once for the year. It’s on for the next 365 days. Yeah, baby!

2010 has got to be one of the craziest calendar years ever. It was the year of the unexpected, the year of surprises, the year of my heart’s highs and lows, and so many more labels I can call it by. But in the end, I am still grateful for all the blessings and struggles I’ve had to deal with in the past year. I’m thankful for the new people I met and made friends with and for every challenge that made me discover a lot more about myself. Above all, I am even more grateful for the gift called family. My family, whose love, patience, and understanding are probably one of the constant things in this ever-changing world.

2011, I’m ready for you. Are you ready for me?