“Do more of what makes you feel alive.”
Andra Day, Rise Up, played over the speakers in the dark, hot rev room. The instructor told us to slow our speed and rest the side of our faces on the ball in between our handlebars.
“Take this moment. Think about someone you love. Send them your love. Your strength. Breathe.”
There I was in the 6am spin class, exhausted, tears mixing with sweat running down my cheeks, hanging onto every word. I thought about my brother. How much I miss him. I thought about my parents. How much I love them.
I felt with every sense in my body. I heard the words from the song and from Tallie, saw the memories flashing in front of me, smelled the heat from the room and tasted my sweat and tears as I felt them roll down my face.
In that moment, I felt so alive.
I thought to myself how easy it is to get into a routine. Go through each day and not taking a moment to stop, breathe and take it all in. Then you look up and the days, the years, they’ve passed you by.
Feeling inspired, I asked my friends: what makes you feel alive? Here are some of their responses:
- Nothing makes me happier and more alive than the sound of my son’s laughter.
- Sunrise on the 1st tee.
- Windows down, wind blowing through my hair.
- Unplanned parties with family and friends – magic with music, food, wine and dancing.
- Running on the beach.
- Taking something old and making it new again.
- Performing and listening to music.
- A good hike in the mountains.
- Walking in the grass with bare feet.
- Accomplishment, from playing with the kids to weeding the yard.
- Heading out on a 50 mile bike ride.
- My wife and kids!
- My son running out to the kitchen in the morning all smiles and sleepy eyed, squeezing my leg and saying good morning.
- Quality time with friends and family!
- A big hug and smile from my nephew.
- Connection with family, friends, the great outdoors, music and other blessings the Universe provides.
- Keeping strong.
- Being at the beach listening to and watching the waves.
Put down your phone (yes, I need to heed my own advice), appreciate the moments. Live your life, instead of simply going through the motions. Feel with every part of your being. Love with every ounce of your heart and soul. Hug the ones you love, soak in every second of their smile and laughter. And appreciate every moment you have on this Earth.
And remember to always do more of what makes you feel alive.