Recently, I heard someone say people are afraid of dying but in fact, most people are more afraid of living. That got me reviewing my own life. There is a certain truth to that for me. There are many times in my life when I have preferred to play it ‘safe’ rather than to have adventures. I overthink things rather than going with my gut instinct. When I look at my animal companions, I see them live their lives fully. They jump and run and have fun. Even the older members of our animal family still like to run and have fun – if they don’t run as smoothly as they did when they were younger. They might live shorter lives, but they live fuller lives than most of us humans.
If I want to live my life more fully, then I need to get out of my comfort zone. When I look at my animal companions, I see them maintain a curiosity and a playfulness about life. That is something that I sometimes forget to do. As an adult human there are a lot of mundane tasks in my life that don’t bring me joy. When I focus on the mundane, I forget to have fun and to celebrate. One of the universal laws is that what you focus on expands. When I can change my focus to look at what joy and celebration I can have in my life, then more opportunities for celebration occur.
I have started to go regularly to a nice restaurant near where I live. The food is good and it’s a really pleasant night out. Whilst I love the animal children and their company, it’s also nice to have adult company. Going out to dinner regularly is getting out of my comfort zone. I used to do it a lot in the past. In more recent times I have gotten in the habit of being at home. In fact, I often struggle to leave home to do simple things like go to the grocery store. I know that we need groceries, but I like being at home with the animals and don’t like to go out. Yet I am also aware that I am getting a bit ‘stale’ when I am mostly at home and that I also need to be active and have new experiences.
What sort of world do you wish to live in? It all starts with you. Do you want to live in a world where you are mired in chores and not living? Are you just marking time until (I get older/ I have more money/ I have a partner/ I die ….). One day you will run out of time. I found that out with my mare, Ms Doll. I kept telling her that one day we would ride together again. Now that she has passed, I can only ride with her in my memories and imagination. Moment by moment, what are you choosing? Are you choosing to live or choosing to die?
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