Live your life... don’t sleep­walk through it

Irish Independent - Weekend Magazine - - Front Page -

I read some­where that our fear is not that life is short but that we don’t feel alive when we live it. That idea has stayed with me. I have spent good por­tions of my life sleep­walk­ing through work, dead­lines and meet­ing friends, be­fore coming home and numb­ing out with TV and wine and sleep. I’m con­stantly try­ing to get to the week­end or the next hol­i­day or the next pay cheque. I’m wish­ing away my life, squan­der­ing my days. But this is miss­ing the point of life. My new favourite philoso­pher, Alan Watts, says: “The mean­ing of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so ob­vi­ous and so sim­ple. And yet, ev­ery­body rushes around in a great panic as if it were nec­es­sary to achieve some­thing be­yond them­selves.” So this week let’s try to feel alive. Re­ally, re­ally alive. No bungee jump re­quired — just laugh­ing with a friend or kick­ing the au­tumn leaves. Be­cause life is short.

⬤ Marianne Power’s first book, Help Me!, pub­lished by Pi­cador is out now

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