Thursday, April 12, 2012

L is for...

LIFE

So, what makes you feel alive?  And let's keep it PG-13:)

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  1. I love it! It's so much better than leg warmers. Life for me is family, friends & Jesus! It's a good one, this life of mine. Thanks for being a fun part of it!

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    1. I feel very alive when I'm at the gym running around without leg warmers:)
      Thanks for being my friend and making the gym less dreadful each day!

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  2. Moving helps to keep me feeling alive. When you get old, it's important to move.

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  3. I love this post. I never tire of Ferris Bueller. I feel alive just being able to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. This time of year is such a treat.

    Great post for L!

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    1. I feel the same way about Ferris. And today I did some actual "living." It's getting to that point in Texas where it's getting too hot (75 is my ideal temp) and the mosquitoes are coming out. I wish I enjoyed the heat, but I'm more of a fall and winter type gal.

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  4. Bailey says she feels alive when she runs really fast. She likes to chase boys.Natasha says playing on the play structure. I feel alive when I am totally in the moment with my chidren. I notice everything.

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    1. I agree with Bailey, although I haven't chased boys in awhile. (other than my son:)

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  5. Having my feet in the dirt and a living thing in my hands. Fresh grass and tomatoes on the vine are preferable. Feeling like there's no separation between me and the rest of the living world is it, and there's no more intense way to feel that than literally getting down against the earth and putting your skin against the skin of the ground. It's the same thing to hold a live fish or a panicked earthworm - there's just so much vitality right there against you, and no sense at all that it's made of something different than you are...

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    1. I bet you have a lovely garden. I am missing the green thumb, nature loving gene, but I've gotten better. There's a line in the movie "Madagascar" where the giraffe Melman says, "Ahhhhh! Nature! It's all over me! Get it off!" That pretty much sums me up. I wrote an essay a long time ago about my honeymoon where my husband suggested we travel Route 66 in his cargo van and CAMP. I didn't want to ruin his opinion of me so early in our relationship, so I unwillingly went along and had a blast. My favorite spot was Carlsbad Caverns. I loved the bats.

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  6. I'm land-locked, but any time I am near a big body of water I feel alive. Grounded yet exhilarated, calm but insignificant.

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    1. I totally relate to that. I grew up in Kansas and moved to California at 19. I wasn't one to jump in the ocean (terrified me) but I loved to look at it, hear it and smell it. One of my favorite memories is driving near the beach in Santa Barbara and seeing dolphins leaping out of the water. I was like "WOW!!!" I felt positively joyous. And, yes, insignificant in the grand scheme of things.

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  7. As a normal everyday human being: friends, family, and my animals. As somebody who has experienced what no 17 year old should experience, nostalgia. Although nostalgia is probably not the right word.

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    1. Well, what is the right word? Inquiring minds want to know! Do you feel as if your youth was cut short by your experience? I bet you gained a new appreciation for life, something your average 17 year old takes for granted.

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  8. Laughing really hard makes me feel really alive. Great post. :)

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    1. I hear you. It's been awhile since I really laughed. My favorite laughing story happened on 9/11. Stay with me. I was in the hospital being prepped for surgery and I had just been turned on to David Sedaris. So, I'm in the middle of this hospital room at about 6am with all these other patients waiting for surgery and I'm laughing hysterically as I'm reading from my book. That book got me through one of the toughest days. Thank God for laughter.

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  9. An early morning FAST bike ride through the local hills in spring, summer, or fall - taking in those colors and that chilly air - moving fast and feeling the wind on my face with bike music running into my ears - ALIVE

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    1. I like that. I love that no one is saying, "reading facebook:)"

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