We had our first book club tonight, and it was fantastic. Some of the themes we discussed were:
definition of living
All of these sound like heavy themes, but discussed in terms of the book, they didn't seem heavy. I was afraid my comments would not be as intelligent as the others' because they are much more avid readers than I, but my fears were quickly put to rest as we just all jumped right in. It was very refreshing.
The book we are reading causes me to ask myself "what does it mean to LIVE?" I mean, fully LIVE. I have often visited this question, usually when I'm in a depression. One of the answers I've come up with is this: If you're not growing, you're dying. Therefore to truly live, one must not be stagnant. Always learn. Always seek. Always have forward motion. Yes, self-awareness and analyzation is required, and yes, it can lead to over-committing oneself, whether to events or people. However, I believe a balance can be struck. The most important thing is to realize you are not trapped. If you don't want to have a routine, mundane, "saltine" life, you don't have to. And I would argue, if you DO have a routine, mundane, "saltine" life, you just might be in a coma. Maybe it's time to open your eyes.