To live…

The sun sets on another day…

Darkness set in early before sunset as the warm weather created clouds so thick the sun could not me seen. I wonder of the storms coming, or if the darkness will fall as it should, giving way to the light.

I started reading an autobiography of Jack London this week. (I am catching up my goodreads) and in theory I will finish it tonight or tomorrow. I was fascinated by a quote that brought me to this read. It was “The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”

Much of the book is an interesting series of adventures on the rail and there are some good lessons, some not so good lessons, and some that just don’t seem to fit. Still I have enjoyed the book because London processed every ounce out of life and more.

Isn’t that what I have said. It is what I have tried to live. To be larger than life and not constrained by life, but empowered by it. To me every day starts at 28,999 as there is not necessarily a tomorrow, and as I lay down to sleep I would like to feel as though my day made a difference, to me, and to those I interact with.

I dated a girl for a while a long time ago. The passion between us was without measure and for the time we were together it did not wane until the end. In the end she said to me “I can’t believe in us because together we burn so bright. What if tomorrow we don’t? If it is this good it will burn out faster and I don’t think I can handle that.” The relationship ended and I often think of those words. Together we burned so bright, and does that mean it burns out faster. I hope she is happy now, but to me those fiery relationships are rare.

Who cares, right? Many people are so focused on existing that why would passion mean anything to them. Many people see getting by today to tomorrow as their only goal and in the process lose the magic of today. Trust me, today has magic, today can be astounding. Today can blaze a path to forever and more.

Today I sat with a chain saw, cutting up fallen trees and burning or mulching the small sticks. Tomorrow there will be wind and perhaps more trees will fall, but I enjoyed my time and focused on laughing with music as the blade spun. After I cooked myself dinner, and went to the store. I told jokes to the attendants and got them snorting, then came home and began writing. My day was great, how about you? Life can be amazing every day if you believe it.

So as the sun sets on another day, dare to look for more. Press for passion. Live to find yourself. Whether lost in splitting wood or laughing, or enjoying the moments you can make your day amazing. After all, it is hard to understand or believe in much so believe in yourself. You are awesome and can have an amazing life, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love, and love a little more right now…+