Living Like You Mean It: The Existential LifeNov 17, 2011
by Amy Bernstein
photo by STVIOD
To be fully alive, your search for personal meaning must be never-ending
Self-awareness is what makes us fully human. We must be able to think for ourselves, to know who we are and to understand our limitations and be able to adapt in situations we cannot control.
Taking responsibility for our own behavior is paramount in determining who we are. In other words, our choices define who we are.
An important part of our humanness is to be able to enter fully into loving relationships with others while at the same time retaining the sense of a separate identity. As Tsilimparis observes, ‘The self understands where “I” ends and “you” begins.’
Accepting Death As Inevitable
If we are able to accept the fact that we all will die, it allows us to be fully alive. Because we understand the fragility of life, we value it even more.
Making the Most Out of Life
Tsilimparis compares life to a poker game. You get dealt a hand of cards, which is really a matter of luck. The key to winning, however, is how you play them. You may have the “good health” card for instance, or you may not. You may be born poor or rich. Your opportunities may not be the same as someone else’s. There are other players with their own cards who will alter the course of the game. It all depends on what you do with what you have.
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