To Live

To live. Is that our goal? To keep breathing for as long as we can? Most people would answer: no. We don’t just want to live, although it would be up pretty high on the list, we want to live well. We want to live the life we choose; the life that is packed with as much joy and as little pain and sorrow as possible; we want to live a good life. But what would it look like if we lived the life that we chose for ourselves?

For me that life means a life where I find joy in what I do. In my job, or in my free-time, or whatever it may be, I want to find joy. Right now the only thing restraining me from doing that is myself. I could blame the school and say that I’m required to take classes that I really don’t enjoy. I could blame my parents and say that they want me to take certain classes that I don’t want to take. But to be honest, its all me. Those classes that I don’t particularly love can still be fun. I can still find joy in them. There are good things in every class even if you don’t like the class. There will always be some activity that you find enjoyable, even in physics. Find your joy. You may have to search for it, but find it.

I really have very little constraints on me. You might not be in the same situation. You might have tons of constraints that you have to throw off  before you can live the life you choose. I have but one warning for you: be careful when you throw off your constraints that they don’t land on someone else.



2 thoughts on “To Live

  1. Michael, this is a very fascinating post. Joy is incredibly important and you expertly illustrate how joy should weave through all the other aspects of life. Your intro paragraph is intriguing, with effective use of rhetorical questions and inclusive language. And then I love your last sentence as it provides a potent challenge for the reader. For improvements, I think if you defined what joy is, and then stuck to that definition, the post would be more powerful. You start with simply joy, but then you use fun, enjoyable, and good things as seemingly interchangeable terms. I think we can be joyful in circumstances that are not fun or enjoyable. You write, “There are good things in every class”, but we should be able to have joy even when there are utterly no good things around us. So I’m not sure if you meant to use all those terms in the same manner, but little clarifications can make a significant difference in a post. Overall, however, I really enjoyed your reflections on life, well done!!



  2. Very effective intro, and I love the point you make in your second paragraph (“Find your joy. You may have to search for it, but find it”).

    The conclusion, however, is a bit abrupt. I very much appreciate the ideas within it, but it isn’t really clear how those ideas (constraints, and throwing off those constraints at a cost to others) connect to the rest of the post.

    But, overall, very nicely done.


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