“This is how most people live: alive, but not conscious; conscious but not aware; aware, but intermittently.”
― Sebastian Faulks, Engleby
This particular series is just something that came to me as I listened to Jessie J’s album dubbed ALIVE. Have you heard it? If not you without doubt should; I mean that woman is just a phenomenon in her own way and she just lives her life as she sees suitable, devoid of regret… ok yes yes… she is my woman-crush was it that apparent? Hehe
So I got an acronym for the word ALIVE and I thought why not write all the thoughts I have that unintentionally matched with what the title of the album is (like for serious guys, listen to that album, for sizzle my drizzle yoh). My acronym stands for:-
- Being alive is something that many people aren’t accustomed to. Neither am I honestly and at times it bugs me how much unversed I am with certain things at the moment. For example when people around me are chatting about a particular topic and I have no idea what it is all about. Have you ever sat with a couple of guys and they are talking so vehemently about a certain topic (no no game of thrones fanatics, calm yourselves) rather they are talking about issues on cultural diversity, economics, life etc. but you sit there questioning how all you know is Rihanna’s giving some kinda I’m -high-on-some-weed look in her 4,5 second video and that Kim Kardashian is expecting her second baby and you wonder what crazy name they will name this kid to and ruin its life as usual. I digress.
Living a life that is not full of exploration and passion will be and is already the biggest regret of the generation before us and the ones to come including my apparent Z generation. Many people currently are not living a fulfilling life. Here we are working our butts off at an 8-5 job, earning some salary that isn’t making you particularly happy, living in a house that you sometimes struggle to pay off because its more than you need but you must have due to societies pressure of living up to the expectations of our peers, and driving a car that consumes more fluid in a month( by fluid I mean fuel) than you do in a year but you don’t mind because its luxurious and you need to feel better before going to work. Oh well what do I know right? I’m still a child as some of you would say.
In my very little and I mean little time on planet earth, I have come to a conclusion that I don’t want to live a life that predisposes me to strokes and continuous chest pains and headaches due to stress and anxiety. How so Wangechi and you are in the medical field? That is a very good question.
Being alive, living an alive life and having an upbeat lifestyle, requires 5 things as noted above. The first being one being AWAKE. NO I don’t mean that crazy nasty feeling you get when your alarm rings at 6 am and you groggily dismiss it or accidentally press snooze and three minutes later the booger is screaming in your ear to get up; and you contemplate whether there is a significance of waking up as your day will be exactly the same as Thursday last week, that was the same as Tuesday this week ,only difference being the meal you had for lunch .Not that kind of awake requiring several cups of coffee/tea( depending with your preference of poison).
The “awake” I’m referring to is being conscious of the consciousness around you. It’s being able to sense the earth on the ground and the hairs on your back, or for me, the broken nail on my right small finger at this particular moment. Being awake entails you to focus on the Now and not worry about tomorrow or the day after or the meeting in a few hours but focus on what is around you at THIS PARTICULAR MOMENT IN TIME, IN YOUR SPACE, IN YOUR REALM OF EXISTENCE.
Being truly Awake means shedding that warm blanket of comforting conformity, and deciding to think for yourself. Being Awake means leaving behind the comforting conventions of daily life, and becoming keenly aware of what routines are catered for bodily comfort and unconscious conformity, and what YOUR SPIRIT truly needs to be fed to thrive and grow. Being Awake means taking back the day-to-day demands of your body, and telling it to stow it, you’ll feed and rest it when YOU decide to, and perhaps consider buying that trinket for it if it can be justified.