Are you living?

LIVING: Full of life, interest, or vitality

INTEREST: A state of curiosity or concern about or attention to something

VITALITY: The capacity to live, grow, or develop

As I started writing this piece, it is the eve of my thirty eighth birthday. I hope that most of us in our adult years do some form of life introspection close to our natal day. Reviewing the five W’s, in numerous aspects of lives. Well then, I’m no different than the rest of us. Although I am inquisitive to a fault. Hey, I’m human who is living.

So what is living? That’s dependent on perspective. All perspectives that a person formulate are relevant to the definitions they dictate.

LIVING: Full of life, interest, or vitality

Life, interest, and vitality. I was baffled when I read the definition. I thought I knew such a rudimentary term. Humbly, I realized was wrong the first time, I looked up the other words in the definition.

INTEREST: A state of curiosity or concern about or attention to something

VITALITY: The capacity to live, grow, or develop

Now adding the defined terms back to the simplified definition, now it looks like this:

LIVING: Full of life, a state of curiosity or concern about or attention to something, or the capacity to live, grow, or develop

Now this elaborate definition is quite specific and I ponder, “I’m living, in terms of being full of life and vitality. Though interest – I have many of those, yet am I curious, concerned or give attention to have them in my conscious state of mind most of the time?”

The answer is yes…but…am I full with them? Are you?

Time and our lives are limited. Do what interests you, that can aid your growth and development. We have the capacity to choose and do. It is not ordained though it is defined by us.

This piece came to fruition because my vivid interest – to share a better defined living, for all to choose and realize living is not just being alive, there is more – superseded my concern of why not.

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