Ever person has an appetite when it comes to life. However, everyone doesn’t feed it. Some individuals gorge themselves on life. They are gluttons when it comes to getting the most they can out of another individual, event or an experience. Yet, others seem to be on a perpetual diet. These are the people who hunger for more but, deny themselves the taste. The question is “How often do you feed your appetite?”
I must confess that I’m an individual that gives my appetite a healthy feeding. I have never believed in diets in any form, be it food or life. Furthermore, I was raised in a family that believed in strict monitoring and moderation of the appetite for life. There were never any diets and always plenty of new experiences but, they were carefully selected and planned. However, despite the years of monitoring and moderation, I find myself thinking that I’ve fallen off the proverbial family wagon. My monitoring, at its best, is deciding “When I will do something” and my moderation consist of “Do I have enough energy today?” There is no doubt that my appetite doesn’t feel the pangs of hunger. Nevertheless, quite often I find myself surrounded by people who like to sample their lives, like small appetizers at a cocktail party. They get a quick taste without the commitment of a full meal. With all of the sampling going on around me, I can’t help but think, “Aren’t you ever really hungry or are you truly satisfied with that slightly full feeling?”
I, for one, will never judge how a person chooses to live their life. After all, it was a gift given to them and therefore they have the choice to do with it as they see fit. Although, I am often at a loss as to why some choices are made. There have been times that I have been out with friends and have prompted them to take the risk, had them do something out of the ordinary. In that moment, I saw an expression of sheer excitement and joy on their faces. An expression that is alien to them on a regular basis. Yet, as soon as that moment had ended, they were back to their slightly full feeling. No doubt, I’m usually left confused as to why they would limit themselves with something that is so enjoyable to them, knowing that it won’t add to their waistlines, just their lives.
At the end of the day, I have no definite answers as to why some feast while others starve. I can only offer my opinion. I believe that our appetites for life are rooted in our fears. The greater our fears, the more we are willing to deprive ourselves. We starve our lives to ultimately feed our fears. It’s only when we release ourselves from our fears and stop the feeding of them, that we can begin to fill up and satisfy the hunger of our lives. So, I’ll ask again “How often do you feed your appetite?”