Whether we’re on top of the world, or in the depths of fear and despair, LIFE is the one thing that connects us all. Even when everything is falling apart, it is impossible to deny on a logical level that life is an amazing miracle.
We may not feel like celebrating when we are in the midst of sadness or anger, but the truth of existence remains. The material world springs from the void in all of its complexity, and our emotion is a direct experience of this.
Whether we are aged 2, 22 or 202, we have reason to celebrate. Life is the one thing that connects us all. Whether we are full of love and joy, or feeling disconnected and isolated, getting back to basics and acknowledging the extraordinary experience we are sharing can only enrich our lives.
When I was younger, this desire to celebrate came incredibly naturally. To be dancing with other souls on this sacred journey was the best feeling in the world. All I wanted to do was soak up every precious moment. It was completely unconscious though. I was just a young person enjoying the party.
Fast forward a few years, I’d had several premature mid life crises, and lost my passion for such festivities. Somewhere along the way, I’d forgotten why I was celebrating. I experienced the other side of life, at times lost in deep sadness and isolation. However, avoiding parties and festivals definitely didn’t help. At least not at first.
I didn’t know what made me happy any more, so I took the time to explore my creativity and do some serious soul searching. I discovered my values and reasons for living, and now I truly understand the importance of celebrating our existence together.
In our society, there is a tendency as we get older to let this celebratory side of us fall asleep, in favour of a quieter peace and contentment (or bitterness, anger and resentment!). But having experienced the full spectrum of emotions, we have the chance to bring a depth to our celebration that we were previously unaware of.
Every experience feeds our soul in some way. The more life we have lived, the more our creativity can bloom. It is our duty to one another to share our magic.
Belief in various gods or a higher power unites people in other cultures, giving festivals a deeper meaning, and a reason to set aside individual egos. However, our lack of a shared belief system shouldn’t prevent us from joining forces, and worshipping almighty LIFE together.
I think this is something we forget in our country sometimes, in favour of hedonism and obliteration. There is definitely a place for reckless abandon, but maybe there would be less need to escape reality if we were more focused on celebrating the one thing that unites us all. Being ALIVE!