When I listened to Neil Pasricha’s Ted Talk, The 3 A’s of awesome, for the first time, the first thought that crossed my mind was: I really have to write a blog post about this.
It was SUPER inspiring to see some of the philosophies you’ve been trying to apply in your life being talked about and being given so much value, especially in a Ted Talk. But I am not writing this about the talk itself. Here’s a link if you want to watch it. I guess your eyes and your own brain can give you a much better and more personalized analysis for the video (or the thoughts in the video) than what I can ever say here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPE0G00XFV0
What I want to write about, or rather expand on, however, is one of the A’s that Pasricha mentions in the talk: Awareness.
The first theatrical performance you assist.
The smell of home-made bread, after a long working day, when you didn’t even have time to eat.
The heartwarming scene of your mother’s smile on graduation day.
The first sip of coffee early in the morning, when nothing in the world makes sense…yet.
That very first time you hold a new born baby in your arms (even if not your own) and feel your heart pound, or skip a little tiny beat.
The deep sense of satisfaction after solving a problem that you have been trying to solve for weeks, days, or even hours.
That moment when you decide to pause, take a deep breath, and put everything around you on hold…even if only for a few seconds.
The warmth you feel when jumping into your bed after a long working day; with thick sheets and warm covers.
That moment in time when a little child asks you; Why do you smoke when you know it’s not healthy? How can we believe in God if we don’t see him? Why do you always work?
The very first time you fall in love, not with a person, not with the presence of the person, not with the closeness of a person, but with everything the idea of him/her creates in you; When you think that you want to punch whoever came up with the “butterflies in the stomach” saying, because they were lying. You feel the whole zoo inside of you.
When you get in the shower early morning and the very first cold drops, preceding the warmth, touch your skin.
When you return home after a couple of weeks, a few months, or even years…you make your path through the crowds at the airport, and you spot your parents…waiting…for you.
The smell of a very old book. When you open it, and start reading it for the very first time.
The feeling of finishing a great book…or novel.
The humbleness of always being grateful, and thankful, to God.
The very first bite of an apple. A cold apple.
You take all of these moments, and you list them in your memory, or you write them in a notebook. And then you realize that this list makes a very different life from the one you lead. A life away from the identical disguise that we are creating, or that runs through us, and by us. And every time you open that notebook, or you read this page of moments, you fall; you fall alive, in that one page, and in that one moment of moments.
You see, life is a set of great moments; big and small; important and less important; happy and sad; stressful and relaxing. But when you make these moments feel like they’re your first; when you experience these moments separately as special moments, and when you start appreciating every single one of these moments, then, and only then, would you know what it means to actually live. Be aware of this life.
When Pasricha mentioned the element of Awareness in his talk, he mentioned it as a realization that he had after going through a set of misfortunate events: He lost a dear friend, his wife divorced him, and he started feeling low.
But even though life is built on paradoxical moments, I don’t think we should let the paradox shape our path. Even if I know most of you out there would not agree with this, but I think each of us has complete control over her/his path in life. It is, however, different for each of us to create that path: Some of us have to put 20% effort to find the “right” walk to follow, some others have to dedicate 89.7% of their time and effort to build that one path. But at the end, the conclusion is the same, be aware!
So start living you guys! And be aware! And most importantly, just allow yourselves to fall…alive…or rather to rise in life.