Feasting

 

Peter_Paul_Rubens_-_The_Feast_of_Venus_-_Google_Art_Project
Peter Paul Rubens [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Constantly, messages from all over tell us to make the most out of life. Whether it’s a slick new ad,a television spot, or  even something spiritual, we’re often told to live life to its fullest. Life, for you, should be your own personal feast. This creates the question: What on earth should I be feasting on.

 

Sure, the metaphor is a little strange, but let me explain. Growing up, as I said, we are bombarded with messages of more, more, more. Wasting a second of life, in this grand feast comprising of many feasts, would be insanity. However, do you really think wasting time is crazy?

We all waste time on a daily basis, that is a difficult truth to swallow. However, constantly moving forward at the pace of a lighting bolt is simply another form of gluttony. After all, can you truly learn what you don’t absorb? Additionally, you can’t truly learn everything.

In this way, before we truly join the feast of adult life, adult responsibilities and irresponsibilities, we limit ourselves by perceived constraints. This limit isn’t always conscious, but if you truly want to push yourself, it’s something you need to be aware of. One could argue that anyone who is considered great at what they do can eliminate the constraints. In other words, they break the rules.

So how do those people approach the feast? Is it a feasible way to approach it for everyone? Maybe they take a little bit of knowledge from one place, then from another, then from another. Eventually, they’ll taste a piece of knowledge that they enjoy the most. Afterwards, they’ll stick to that knowledge base, and revolve their lives around feasting on that knowledge.

Indecision could be that person’s downfall, but the lack of early commitment to a singular idea could also be a strength. So really, from this admittedly strange metaphor, two of life’s greatest question’s arise.

How do you know what you’re supposed to be doing, or even what you want to do? And must everyone live life like it’s going to end? The only concrete answer this blog can provide you is that it’s definitely naive to think that everyone is built to arrive at those conclusions in the same way. Also, it’s foolish to believe that everyone will arrive at the exact same conclusions. Perhaps the only true conclusion is that nothing lasts forever, and what you do with that information is entirely up to you.

Feast

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