We take being alive for granted. Days pass by sans excitement, purpose, or change. Try reversing that now by fully engaging in something reminding you why you’re alive.
Swim – If you live near water, this one’s a piece of cake. Dip into a pool, lake, beach, or hot tub to experience the resulting calm. Once September starts, swimming is out, so enjoy it while you can.
Walk – 15 minutes down the nature trail provides exercise, a scenic view, and time alone to think. Make a day of it by packing a picnic meal and your iPod.
Paint – Even if you’re terrible, even if all you have is a sheet of computer paper, and even if you throw the finished product away…just do it. Something about stroking color across a blank space makes sense. It rights everything.
Connect – Call up a friend and do something fun just the two of you. Neglect is easy to fall into when it comes to our non-related family. Drinks, shopping, lunch, concert, movies, bowling, beach, mini-golf, museum, spa, coffee…go play.
Cook – Why more people won’t make their own food, I’ll never know. It’s cheaper than eating out, and it usually tastes better. Perhaps you’ve become stuck in a fast food rut (heaven forbid) or maybe you eat at the same place every night. Stop. Go home and turn on the oven. You don’t have to be Betty Crocker to eat a home cooked meal. It’s as simple as following a recipe, and online is more than perfect for finding one to match your tastes. But try something a little new for once – who knew BBQ soy burgers were so mouth watering?
Learn – Guitar lessons, scuba diving, sewing, HTML, photography, surfing; anything that falls under the “Oh, I’ve always wanted to do that” category deserves immediate action. Why not? Carpe Diem.
Sleep in – When you can, this little indulgence is very rewarding. Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man work obsessed, time crunched, and dream deprived. Unnecessary. So when you’re not working, like, oh say Saturday and Sunday, SLEEP IN YOU MORON. Sorry, but you’d be surprised of how many people do not think of this when it’s relevant.
How do you celebrate the oxygen in your lungs?