Too often in our contemporary life, we’re rushed. We rush out the door in the morning to beat rush hour traffic. We rush through breakfast and morning coffee, maybe getting it at a drive through window, rather than our own kitchen. We rush through the work day, not taking our time as the quality of our work suffers, and we try to get through the day as quickly and as painlessly as possible, only to rush home for dinner and the news, maybe leaving us enough time to veg out in front of the TV with the newspaper, watch a little American Idol, or something like it, tuck the kids into bed, rush up to bed, watch a little Dave, or a little Jay, get some sleep, only to rinse and repeat the very next day. Even on the weekends, we rush through errands and supermarket trips to get back home in time for to spend at least a little time with family, maybe even make a trip out to see our friends or relatives.
And even college students aren’t immune to the rush. We rush out the door much the same way as our workforce parents do, forgoing breakfast many times, rush to class to avoid being late or counted absent, rush out the door of a boring lecture, rush back to the dorms or our apartments, rush through our homework, rush back out to grab a bite to eat, or a few beers with our friends, or maybe rush off to our jobs to pay for bites with friends. We rush through study sessions, even, hardly paying the same attention we’re told to give to the material.
For what? Why do we feel so hurried? Is this living?
As one can no doubt guess, we at LifeEpicurean.com would posit the idea that this isn’t living. It’s dying.
We’re here on this earth for but a short while. Why rush it? Why speed through activities that we’re not even really enjoying anyway? We speed and we rush, for what? Only to speed and to rush on to the next task? It’s an awful way to live. We must set aside more time, we must take a moment to appreciate, to savor, to learn, and to live. And more than the individual, I must stress the word “we.”
We must be more appreciative of the finer things in life, the simple pleasures, and everything in between. We have to find the time to drink deep the fine wines, and learn from them that life can be brighter, fuller, and more vibrant than we previously thought. Those so inclined amongst us must take a while out of our day to enjoy a great cigar, and do as Josh Bernstein noted in Cigar Aficionado—send our prayers up to the winds, and meditate and reflect as the wind takes us wherever it may, and appreciating that place we find ourselves for whatever it is, wherever that may be. We must savor our meals, and try to eat the things we love, and put things in our body that can build us into better people—both in mind, and in spirit. While moderation is important, to be observed in all things, the old saying has never been more true—everything in moderation, including moderation.
Living life to its fullest and loving it is what we are all really here for. It’s not our things—not our jobs, our money, our clothes, or our cars. Responsibilities matter, and they guide us day to day, on our journey, but instead of living to work, we must work to live, and live to the fullest, and savor those little pleasures of life. Our life’s journey may take us to new and strange places, present us opportunities to eat exotic and wild things, and to learn things about ourselves we never before imagined. This is what we are meant to live for.
Life is short—we hear it all the time. We’ve lived and governed our lives according to that guiding light. That said, we must do that with the idea in mind that with a short life comes the urgency to savor, appreciate and truly live it while we can.
With that, we say, live life with an Epicurean sense. Take the time out of your day, and love the things you do, and the life you live. We surely do.
Welcome to a life worth living, a life all inclusive of the world around us, a world full of beauty, art, great food and drink, cigars to help us relax and reflect, and the sport and the affairs that inspire and intrigue us, and with that, the camaraderie that comes with it. We are a part of a bigger life—a Life Epicurean.
Let’s get busy living it.
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