How To Be Wholly Alive

Three Men Standing Near Waterfalls
Photo by Sam Kolder

I am alive. What about you? When you are alive, it means you know where you are, where you are going, what is important to you, and what you are doing to make your life better. Being alive means you are not afraid to think for yourself. It means you are not afraid to live your life in your own way.

“Life is hard to live, but you must be wholly alive to live it.”

Sometimes being alive means standing up for yourself, for your life. Some people will like you, will support you. Other people will hate you for standing up for yourself. But don’t let people’s reactions stop you from being alive.

“Whatever you do, be wholly alive to do it.”

Don’t pretend to be alive. Just be alive. Live your life. Be fully present. Don’t pursue too many things at the same time. Focus on your life, your growth. When you love people, just love them with all your heart. When you work, work with all your power. When you play with people, play with all your heart. When you think, think for yourself. According to William Saroyan, “Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell.” Simply put, whatever you do, do it with all your might. That is what it means to be wholly alive. Life is hard to live, but you must be alive to live it. Are you ready to live it?