Some weeks ago, I remember an episode of Taxicab Confessions where an old and wise gentleman spoke with the cab driver about how the souls that are on this earth are lucky to have made it. According to his theory, many spirits fight to be in the roster that manage to make it to human form so they can live, love, learn, and grow. The fact that we managed to squeeze through is such a fortuitous thing. We’re lucky to have made it.
And boy, after 3 days of being around the pristine beauty of the island of Marinduque, I couldn’t agree more. My partner and I were lucky to have borne witness to the luxury and comfort of a 5-star resort on a private island surrounded by nothing but the calm waters and lush landscape of the town. But quite frankly, it wasn’t so much the privacy of the island or the luxury of the resort that made us realize our great fortune.
Observing the majestic beauty of the landscape amidst the silence of this slice of heaven was a huge part of our sense of gratitude. However, as we made our way into town to tour the local sights and get a feel of the way of life of these simpler folk, it really dawned on us how lucky we, and how lucky YOU are to be in a position to read this from your life perspective.
Think about it: If you’re reading this blog, chances are, you’re exposed to 1st-world conveniences. At the very least, you have an internet connection and probably heard of this blog via facebook, or via some degree of connection to me. This means you are probably in the health/fitness world, and that probably have goals and ambitions to speak of that go beyond idyllic day-to-day living much like what we’ve witnessed through the people of Marinduque.
Your worldview, sense of ambition, and current life experiences most likely reflect a way of living that transcends where you’ve come from. You also most likely seek fulfillment in the things and experiences you wish to have in order to have a full and complete life. There is a goal greater than merely existing. For you, there are places to go, people to meet, experiences to have, goals to accomplish, a life to live fully. Not only do these form your reason for being; they set you forth toward living each day with passion and purpose.
Having the opportunity to live all this out is what makes me believe that WE ARE ALL LUCKY TO HAVE MADE IT THROUGH — so that we can seek out that which fulfills us and gives us purpose and meaning.
And what of the simpler folk we’ve met? The ones who are content with their daily sense of working to feed their families, participating in their communities, and living without too broad of a worldview, hence not too much worry? They’re lucky, too! In some ways, even luckier, because it is in their life’s simplicity that you see how all of us just need to take each day as it comes without needing to rush to the next thing and the thing after that.
As I realized this, I made sure to say a quick prayer of thanks during our stops at a local cathedral. I reflected back on the fact that I am originally from this country, and I could have been born into one of these local families, where I may not have had even the slightest desire to live a life outside of a fisherman’s humble ways.
If you think about it, I bet your life feels the same way for you, too. You’re lucky to have made it — we all are.
On a final note, think about this. We learned during a visit to a butterfly farm that these beautiful creatures pretty much have a life span of at most 2 months, from the minute they hatch from their eggs to the minute they grow old and die. Some creatures have even shorter life spans. How lucky are you to have your entire lifetime to live out your caterpillar, cocoon, and butterfly stages. Seeing the brevity of time sure makes you want to live at your peak butterfly stage so you can live fully and make the most of the fact that you made it through to this human plane of existence.
Cheers to you for making it!