What gets you excited about life?
by Jonathan Hilton
Every person no matter what they do, has to find things that get him excited about life. They do not have to be complicated or expensive things but there are some that get you going and allow you to feel happy about just living on the face of the Earth.
I would never presume to speak for anyone but myself but here are the things that I enjoy and make my existence a much more enjoyable experience.
1. Learning and Reading
When I was a young person, I did not care all that much for learning. It was something that you had to do to get to the next step in life. This is the wrong way to present education in my mind. All of us have the ability to learn and expand our minds into whichever areas interest us and strike our fancy.
In the last two years I have learned more than at any time of my life and it was all done by my own desire to expand my mind.
It was not because of what anyone else thought, or because I was taking a class in order to get a degree. Learning was taking place because I wanted to be a better person in my life and to live a more meaningful life. Learning gets me excited about living life today and looking forward to the future.
2. People Are Just Awesome
There are few things that get me more excited about life than the people I have met. Each person is a unique mixture of personality and intelligence that allows them to contribute to the world in their own unique and powerful way.
Knowing these kinds of people are out there in the world, looking for the best way to live or just making the best of what life has given them, gets me excited about life. I know that if the good people I have come in contact with are in charge of the world then the future is in good hands. The people I know are definitely get me excited about life.
3. Change Is Always Happening
Some of the changes you experience are going to flow smoothly and some are going to rattle your cage a little bit more.
There is really only one choice to make though, either you can fight against the inevitable change, which will lead to pain, grief, and sorrow. Or you can choose to roll with the changes that come your way.
I am choosing to ride with the winds of change because they are blowing whether I like it or not. That is why I have decided to let the changes in life excite me about living rather than force me into a depression about what used to be. Sometimes the things that change are precious to me, but there are seasons that come and go and in those seasons there are unique and wonderful experiences.
Enjoy them while they last because they will change as surely as winter will follow autumn and summer will follow spring. These changes get me excited about life. It would be boring if nothing ever changed, ever!
4.The Boston Red Sox and Baseball
In fact there is a mental aspect to the game that should keep you interested and engaged throughout a game, or a season. The Red Sox are a passion for me because they are the team of my family.
The love of this team has tied generations together and even when there was a hard time finding common ground we could all state an opinion about the Red Sox.
This love of the Red Sox gets me excited about life because it connects me with the people in my life who I have cared about who are gone. I remember when my grandfather took us to Fenway for the first time. It was the quintessential ballpark experience.
I walked up the stairs leading to the field and the field was so green, the uniforms looked so white and there a few feet from me was Dwight Evans, Jim Rice and Carl Yastremski. Then I glanced over at the green monster. I was around 9 or 10 years old that day and any question I had about loving that team was answered on that day.
It is interesting to note about my grandfather, he was born in 1920 and died in 1993 so he never saw them win a world series. I like to think he was feeling the vibe I sent to him in 2004. He never would have believed it. I sent a special prayer to him that night because the Red Sox got us both excited about life.
5. Writing from my Inner Thoughts
Finally there is the practice which has come to take up so much of my time. For many years I fought against the urge to express myself in words and to arrange them in only the shortest and simplest patterns.
My prose expressed very little about myself or what I thought or felt. Really it is only recently like the melting ice at the end of winter that the words have started to flow.
6. Creativity, I believe is the key to unlocking your unique talents and thoughts. If you are stuck at anything then, do something creative. Draw, write, paint, sculpt, knit, spin, whatever you can do to be creative will lead you to the answer you are looking for. Writing for me is the way I answer the questions that life has thrown at me.
I once worried over the quality of my words and the judgment they might render from others but I have learned to let that go. My words are mine, they express what I think and anyone reading them has the ability to like them, hate them or ignore them completely. That is their prerogative. I can’t write anything for the sake of pleasing someone else, it would be a waste of time.
Writing allows my inner thought to have an outer expression, the voice that can’t speak, speaks through the written word and that is the reason that writing gets me excited about life!
What gets you excited about life?