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