With the promise of a New Year looming, I always like thinking back at the past year. Not just the events itself but what I did and what I didn’t do, my mistakes and my triumphs. I guess you may say that I tend to think about life itself. Not life as the bond between all human beings or a term from biology but the force that gives us our self-awareness and the ability to feel physical and intangible things.
The dictionary defines life as the force that makes or keeps something alive; the vivifying or quickening principle: the animate existence or period of animate existence of an individual: the general or universal condition of human existence.
Sure we all know the literary meaning of life but do we really know what gives life its meaning?
Life is about EXPERIENCES- Life is one magical and arguably one very complex journey. Just how much experiences can an individual take as he learn and develop a persona? The significance of one’s life cannot be measured. To some life is a grand affair; some are more fortunate than others, while some tend to struggle more to get by. To some life is all about riches, to some it means poverty, to many it is all about friends and family. Life is full of tragedy whether we like it or not. Rich or poor; life and nature has a way of balancing things out. Even the rich have their complications that vary differently from the poor. Just how much experiences can one get from life? Well, it all varies from one’s different lifetime. What makes us alive? Experiences shape who we are as human beings and it aids us in learning from our mistakes.
Life is about EMOTIONS- Life has taught us different types of emotion. Love, envy, respect, anger, happiness, doubt, sadness and much more. Each emotion can interact with one another or work independently. Emotion is what makes us human and what separates us from the usual animals that only gets driven by instinct. Human beings are tied by our emotions; as to how we express or control them. Emotion allows us to feel; to appreciate what life is all about and to fight for our beliefs. Emotions have also brought as much happiness and heartache; good or bad, don’t worry, my friend, you are human.
Life is about PROBLEMS- I’ve mentioned that rich or poor, everyone has their share of baggage’s to carry. Sometimes, we bring unto ourselves the problems that life may carry and sometimes we fall victims to life’s ugly side. Did some people ask to be cheated on by their husbands? Did he feel remorse about cheating on her? Are human beings destined to destroy themselves? One thing I know life has taught me, life isn’t easy. I learned to roll with the punches and get back up. Life is the journey and I am sorry to say, life is about the issues that we have to confront. Yes, my friend, you are not alone. Everyone has problems that they need to overcome. I will not put blame on anyone or anything about life’s many obstacles and evils. They are here as part of life; to make us stronger.
Life is about your HEART- How can one tell how significant his life has been? It is not how much money nor how many friends and family you have who love you, it is all about how you affect other’s lives and how you affect your own. Life is about developing character and your own individualism. Sure, we often have to deal with things we don’t approve of and makes us question ourselves (I do this a lot). It all comes down to one’s heart as to how they deal with it. Never ever compromise your character and as long as you feel good about something; roll with it.
Life is about CHOICES- this doesn’t mean choosing what you want to be in life; I mean choosing how you live your life. It is anyone’s choice and freedom to live their own lives and hopefully they don’t choose to hurt anyone in the process. Choices that can make one question one’s conscience is truly testing. This is where everything else comes into play; your experiences, your emotions and your heart will show you how to make any choice. How you make any difficult choice defines you as an individual.
Life is a JOURNEY- The glory that is life comes from the journey itself. Whether you have to take the hard road or the easy road. It helps when things are a little easier when you are more fortunate than others but things have a way of evening out. This is what makes life complex and the fun part of it is that it can get very unpredictable. How you go about this journey will define you as a man. It isn’t who or what you are but what you have done that makes you.
Life is about the Pursuit of HAPPINESS- Just how can we define happiness? Is it being satisfied with our family or what we have in our garage? Is it our jobs or something else? Well, I think we can all say that humans are insatiable. Each one of us have the power to define and find our own sense of happiness. Sometimes we attain it, but believe me, happiness may well be another intangible that we may not even be aware we already have it. Is happiness and fulfillment reachable? Maybe or maybe not…but I am most definitely going to find out.
Life is about the years that we live; day by day, month by month and year by year. For better or ill, I want to see what else life has in store for the future. Let's make the most of it.
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Life (cf. biota) is a characteristic that distinguishes objects that have self-sustaining biological processes ("alive," "living"), from those which do not —either because such functions have ceased (death), or else because they lack such functions and are classified as "inanimate."
In biology, the science that studies living organisms, "life" is the condition which distinguishes active organisms from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, functional activity and the continual change preceding death. A diverse array of living organisms (life forms) can be found in the biosphere on Earth, and properties common to these organisms—plants, animals, fungi, protists, archaea, and bacteria — are a carbon- and water-based cellular form with complex organization and heritable genetic information. Living organisms undergo metabolism, maintain homeostasis, possess a capacity to grow, respond to stimuli, reproduce and, through natural selection, adapt to their environment in successive generations. More complex living organisms can communicate through various means.
In philosophy and religion, the conception and nature of life varies, and offer interpretations in the frameworks of existence and consciousness, and touch on many other related issues, such as, ontology, value, life stance, purpose, conceptions of God, the soul and the afterlife.