50 Questions that Will Free Your Mind (part nine)

More of the 50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind. I'd love to hear some of your answers to these questions - if any of them strike a cord with you or if you have a reaction to something I've said, please do share!

41. If you knew everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?
Well naturally I really hate this question. I would definitely spend the day with my husband and kids at Disney World. (Hopefully I could talk my sisters and their families into going as well as our parents.) Is it better or worse that we don't know when the people we love (or ourselves) will be leaving for good? I really can't decide.

42. Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?
Hell to the no.

43.  What is the difference between being alive and truly living?
Have you seen the movie Click? It's a really good one (in my opinion) because it shows you why it's valuable in life to not only have the peaks, but the valleys as well. We all wish we could fast forward through the week until it's Friday or skip through life until we get the promotion we've been waiting for... and this movie shows you how awful that would be if we had a magic remote to skip over the less desirable parts of our life. The truth is that those "less desirable" days are full of promise. They're full of special moments. The movie also shows the difference between having an active presence in your life versus just being on auto pilot. Listening to people talk instead of checking out of the conversation to mentally go over that grocery list one more time. Engaging with others. Checking in with the people you love. Or rather, finding ways to make being alive the same as truly living.

44. When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right?
I don't think there is any concrete answer to give here... the closest I could come is to say that to calculate your risk/rewards includes relying heavily on your mind and to go ahead and take the leap has to do with feelings and doing more than it does thinking. It's something you feel and then react to, I guess.

45.  If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?
Being mistakes hurt. We learn from our mistakes (usually) after time has put things into perspective. Everything we experience changes us and it's sometimes impossible to learn anything from those experiences until after they are over. If that makes sense. Sometimes in order to learn a lesson we have to learn them the hard way the first time. This results in losing people we love or the potential of what could have been. And even with the perspective we eventually gain, it is extremely painful.

Then there is the possibility that our mistakes not only hurt us but they hurt the people we love the most. There is nothing we can do to take those things back and though they propel us into a future where we have the opportunity to learn from our mistakes and to grow as a person as a result - but who the hell wants to volunteer to be hurt? Not me. And yet, we so often reap such amazing benefits from our mistakes and the mistakes of others by who we've been hurt. So though nine times out of ten during the pain I would wish the pain away - one hundred percent of the time I am glad it's God's will and not mine because I know it will make sense eventually.


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