September 2 - Feeling Alive

Feeling alive is a varied term. When some people hear it, they think of the adrenaline in their blood from a harrowing or risky activity. Some people think of a feeling of ecstasy or jubilation.  Some feel validation for some accomplishment. Honestly, I feel like like all three of these things could be combined by feeling truly present in the moment. When you survive something dangerous (or perceived as dangerous), that adrenaline rush makes the world seem more vibrant in the moment. When you feel extreme joy, that feeling is fixated in the moment. When you accomplish something and are basking in the glory, that is focused in the moment. Feeling truly alive, then, is being truly present. Some things that I can think of that make me feel truly present in the moment are:

1. Taking cold showers - I know, sounds awful. But I always feel so refreshed and exhilarated during it. 

2. Running - Not fast, mind you, but a nice morning jog just seems to clear out my head

3. Cuddling - this is also one of the fastest ways to get me to fall asleep. 

4. Playing Dress Up - styling my hair, putting on make up, and rocking a fancy outfit I feel like I can take on the world

5. Taking Pictures - photography forces you to look at the world in a new way. You have to see the light and shadows. You have to frame the shot. You have to play with your camera to get the affect you want. It makes you really see what you are looking at.

I try to do the first three every day. I do number four and five for special occasions and on weekends. Doing these things regularly is a great way to make me feel connected and alive.