|11:11 pm - Just call me Ms. Yoda . . .|
Gakked from zon14 in this entry in his LJ:
Under what circumstances do you feel the most ALIVE? Be specific. "When I'm with friends" or something similar doesn't really tell me anything. "With friends at the beach, passing around a 40 ouncer and playing truth or dare" says much more, no?
Here's the answer I posted as a comment to his entry (please feel free to post yours in a comment to mine!):
There are two main circumstances for me.
One is when I'm with someone I care about (it can be a friend, not just a romantic thing for me) and we are actively involved in doing something together. It can be anything -- chatting, working together, shopping -- but the key thing is that we are doing it together and we are enjoying one another's company -- the interaction between us is the main thing here, not the activity itself -- that's just a means to an end.
The other is when I'm busy doing something and I become all wrapped up in doing it. It doesn't really matter what the task is -- what's important here is that I'm completely focused on it and absorbed by doing it. I think psychologists call that the state of "flow" . . .
For both of these, I think the key thing is the almost Zen state I enter into, where I am completely present in the moment and enjoying being in that moment -- TOTALLY. Not thinking about doing something else or being with someone else -- simply BEING in the present, fully.
One of my favorite quotes I got from Kirk Douglas on this very subject -- "If you have one foot in the past and one in the future, you're pissing on the present."
I don't piss on the present.
Now is the only time there is. All else is an illusion.
Current Mood: contemplative
Current Music: "Alive" by Pearl Jam