By Jose Andres Arvide
Jan 18, 2015
The alarm clock inaugurates your day. You open your eyes and stare at the roof, stretch your left arm and take the cell phone to turn off the alarm. You deny for a few seconds the fact that today you have to do all as you did yesterday. Notice that this denial does not work, only because we can't hide a painful truth. You murmur to your mind as you walk to the shower, letting all your complains exit before you loose your mind in the shower. Now you shower systematically, as if it was an algorithmic process. You dress yourself in function of the outside world, to where you are going. Now you know that you have to fuel yourself. In the kitchen you open the fridge and look for anything that can fill you up and give you a boost before getting on into your typical day. You eat, senselessly, unmotivated, with your phone, the radio or a newspaper in your hands. Finally you drink a coffee, and probably drink a second one you have already planned. Now for the dénouement, you go to the bathroom to do your last adaptations and regulations for the outside world and your unquestionable obligations. What is this? An overly illustrated morning, or in many cases, a normal protocol for the ritual of monday thru friday? Isn't it horrible?
“My life is very monotonous," the fox said. "I hunt chickens; men hunt me. All the chickens are just alike, and all the men are just alike. And, in consequence, I am a little bored.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
I have noticed that passion is one of the most underrated essences in life. We are over-invaded by the society to the point that our capability to live free and passionately is repressed and forgotten. I have noticed that passion is a lost human nature that became recessive in the human DNA. Only those who open to the divine taste of adrenaline and flow, and those who decide to ignore what society dictates seem to be able to decode this precious feeling. It is only us who can lighten up our passion for living.
Christopher Johnson, a real adventurer. Someone who lived for the passion, for the adventure of life. An example of what passion really is: following and listening to our hearts. Following our authentic nature: adventuring. We have to let ourselves go. © Christopher Johnson McCandless Memorial Foundation
We live in a wonderful and shapeless world, and it is up to us to make our life an adventure or not. We came to life, as by art of magic. Billions of years ago gas clouds collided creating what we know as our galaxy. We all have shaped the world and society throughout thousands of years to form what we now have. We have got to a point where everything is hyper-connected and our possibilities are close to limitless. We have the opportunity to be able to learn, discover and create as never before in our history and lives. We have the tools to adventure in this life and let curiosity and passion take us far away. Just imagine all the adventures that we can be part of. All the nameless experiences we can live. All the people and places, success and flaws. All the laughs, tears, smiles and shocks. All the kisses and hugs, nights and days. All the love, caresses, madness and calmness. All the beautiful things that we can experience and latter on remember with a warm, and breathtaking nostalgia. Simply Imagine, as Les Brown said, living fully and dying merely empty.
We do not notice that we are merely stardust in the universe which happen to exist in a lightning struck time frame. The time we spend in this cosmic mystery should be thrived and lived with passion. We have to raise our heads and look at life with hungry and dreaming eyes. We have to live fully, let all out, and die empty.
The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. - Christopher McCandless
What has been lost that impedes us to live fully, intensively and passionately?
We are sensual beings. Sensual in late latin, sensualis, literary means, “endowed with feeling". We are beings who have the magical gift of sensing this realm. Our sight, taste, hearing, touch and smell, are all here to be used and exploited. Passion is first born in our senses. When we feel totally connected with what we sense and how we feel, we will see how the world around us is a magical fest of colors, flavors, sounds, feelings and emotions. Passion is born when we feel pleased while we look at the rising sun. Passion is born when we eat with delight and feel how food reenergizes us. Passion is born when music is heard and danced. Passion is born when love in us is letted out; when laugh and tears are drained out. Passion is born when we do not lie to our bodies. When we stop the hypocrisy towards ourselves and start to act in function to what we really feel, passion will arise. Passion is that: Living the present; fully and sincerely. The greatest flaw of our current society is that feelings, emotions and senses are overlooked and neglected. People fear letting their emotions out. People fear showing what they feel and letting their passion out. People fear sensing their surroundings profoundly. They fear closing their eyes to the music they love. They fear dancing whenever a melodic vibration resonates into their body. They fear making sounds while eating and smelling flowers during spring. People are scared to show enthusiasm towards life.
“We think too much and feel too little.” - Charles Chaplin
- N'importe quoi
N'importe quoi literarily means anything/whatever in french. The lost art of "doing whatever we want". It is clear that we are regulated, structured and controlled by society. Since our birth we are thought to fit in in the system. We are learned that we are limited and that we can't do whatever our hearts tells us. Our only obligation is, to follow the crowd and rest calm. But when we start to do things upside-down, when we give a little twist to the structure of things, and when we start to go out of our comfort zone in the search of whatever our heart wants, our obligations become optional. We start to see that our limit is an illusion and that we can do what our heart tells us. Life starts to become into an adventure where you are the protagonist of the tale. Here is where you see people who climb buildings and trees. People who do handstands in the middle of the streets. People who dance to the music of the mall. People who sing and laugh carelessly. People who speak to anybody in the streets. When we notice that there is no need to take things so serious, and that life is an enjoyable adventure meant to be played and explored, we start to become passionate about all the different things we had never seen before. Life's texture changes. More colors, shapes, smells and tastes appear. More possibilities, ideas, games and adventures appear. Suddenly waking up is a delight and sleeping an adventure. Suddenly the night becomes mysterious and appealing, and the day festive and hallucinating. Ultimately we become into adventurers, passionate to go out, enjoy, live and do a little bit of n'importe quoi.
“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” - Michael Althsuler
What a beautiful feeling. To live with love towards everything and look at life with a different iris. To see life as a grand adventure and a total fest. To have the desire to adventure wherever you go, having the mind open to anything that can come. Passion is unique. Passion is the core of life. It is what heats and gives the spark to live, making it an intense voyage of storms and paradises. Anyone who is passionate towards life, will be somebody who smiles and loves all time. If something could make this world a better place, more passionate people would do it. Go out my deer friend. Go out and celebrate this miraculous fest.
“See, my aim is not to survive but to be thrown to the wolfs with adrenaline still pumping in my veins and hear the gods laughing saying ”that was one hell of a youth” and everything I do I do in order to push my senses and levels of natural ecstasy. I want to be so awake that I pass out by exhaustion every night with a smile on my face and no thoughts of tomorrow because today was all I ever could make of it and I am sick and tired of boredom. Bored people slumbering boring words about bored habits and I want to get out.” - Charlotte Eriksson
Jose A. Arvide