Niveous Heights:

Freely And Sincerely Accepting Existence

“May you live every day of your life.” – Jonathan Swift

Each day that you continue to exist is a gift, an opportunity to pursue that which fulfills you most, to live to the absolute fullest. We all have external challenges in our lives that, while perhaps necessary to survive, are not exactly exciting or satisfying to deal with. While these obstacles may present opportunities for growth or increased resiliency, they are often mere distractions from your primary goals or values. Take care not to lose yourself in the mediocrities of day to day survival, in the societal demands that falsely mascaraed as objectively important. Never forget, these external pressures are mere subjective contrivances unless they truly align with your core values. Do not allow these things to distract you, to consume you, lest one day you’ll awaken to realize you’ve slept on everything you ought to have held dear.

“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road’ll take you there.” – George Harrison

Life is a perpetual adventure, overflowing with both joys and sorrows. It is a series of unpredictable and frequently challenging obstacles that forces us to grow, to overcome, to cultivate new and better levels of resiliency and understanding each and every day. While it’s pragmatic to navigate the chaos of the universe with some amount of speculative foresight, many people remain unsure of how to traverse the path they’ve chosen, or even which destination they’d like to ultimately discover. This is not something to fret about, as even the best laid plans will always be challenged by the inexhaustible variety of life. You must know yourself, not just so that you may navigate towards your goals more effectively, but so that you may learn to welcome and enjoy all of the spontaneous happenings that cross your path along the way. Even If you ultimately never decide where you’re going, you should nevertheless always strive to be fully awake in the present moment so that you may enjoy your expedition as it unfolds.

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” – Soren Kierkegaard

Until you actually live an experience, you do not truly possess the ability to fully understand it. Intellectual theory is great, but kinesthetic interaction, a lived experience, has the potential to impart an ineffable and unique understanding of an event that transcends any written or verbal prose. Similarly, only by living your life will certain perspectives have the potential to be fully revealed. Without making mistakes in the past and reflecting on their previous occurrence in the present, it becomes increasingly impossible to avoid their happenings or recurrence in the future. So, live your life; take chances and make mistakes. Everything you experience on your journey is an opportunity to learn, grow and prosper so that your future may be as fulfilling as possible.

“You only live twice: Once when you are born and once when you look death in the face.” – Ian Fleming

It is often only through the loss of that which we hold most dear, that our awareness of what we truly value becomes apparent. Likewise, our proximity to a loss that is nearly, but not actually realized may also awaken us. It may shake us to our core, clarifying the realities of our existence and forcing us to recognize what we’re individually grateful for. More specifically, facing your own mortality in any fashion has the profound ability to alter your perceptions about, or increase your awareness of, life as a whole. Sometimes the most challenging and painful experiences impart the most perspicacious realizations.

“To die will be an awfully big adventure.” – J.M. Barrie

As life is, for each of us, an unknown and unpredictable adventure, so too is death. Regardless of what you choose to believe, no on can say with any absolute certainty what occurs after our bodies cease to function. Does our consciousness, our soul, continue to exist? Unshackled from the physical vessel that is our human form? Or perhaps, it’s the actual end of the line, a hard stop on existence in which the destruction of our physical bodies is synonymous with the loss of our being, our ability to perceive. Certainly, no one can say. Whatever awaits us is inevitable, as it comes for us all no matter what we choose to believe. So, shouldn’t you live each day to the fullest, striving to be your best self nonetheless? Indeed, you must always strive to live the life you’ve been gifted, the one you’ve nurtured and attended to, truthfully and passionately. In this way, you can minimize your regrets and magnify your fulfillment, regardless of whether the lessons you’ve learned or the abilities you’ve cultivated apply only to the now, or to the hereafter as well.