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?

Why Laughter Means Being Alive

Calm Body Of Water During Golden Hour
Photo by Abdullah Ghatasheh

As the saying goes, “Laughter is the best medicine.” It is the best medicine for your life. Laughter is the best medicine for your work. Laughter is the best medicine for your soul.

What happens when you laugh at yourself? Do you feel good about yourself? Or do you feel bad about yourself?

It is good to laugh at ourselves. It is the best medicine for our souls. It heals our souls. It connects us with other people. It keeps us going. It nurtures our souls. But remember, it is better to laugh at yourself than to laugh at other people. Do not laugh at other people. Laugh with other people. It is not good to laugh at other people.

When you laugh at other people, you are casting them down. Your job in life is to lift people up, not down. Your job is to laugh with people, not at people. Your job is to make people feel good about themselves. Your job is to bring out the best in other people, not to kill their dreams.

If you want to enjoy your life, just learn how to laugh. Because laughter means being alive. When you laugh, you are alive. When you laugh, people will laugh with you. When you laugh, the world will laugh with you. When you laugh, you will connect with your soul. William Saroyan famously said, “Laughter to me is being alive.” Are you alive?