Finding the Lovely & Living Completely

I just finished reading Jennifer Niven's All The Bright Places, a book I adored so much and think you should read too.

All The Bright Places is a story that reminds us of all of the beauty and importance and wholehearted fervor of living a life completely and, as we do so, embracing the "lovely" in all of it and within each of us.

Living life completely.

It's this thing we hear about all of the time. In company slogans and advertising copy and Latin calls-to-action we heard from a movie once. We're saturated with the sentiment of living life fully. To some, this may be a bad thing or a "roll your eyes get over yourself you nitwit" thing. Believe me. I do get it.

But I don't think it's something that can be so easily reduced. I think it's what this life is all about: to live in a way that challenges oneself, to live in a way that is always seeking, to live in a way that embraces the joy and wonder and adventure and brilliance and loveliness of it all--within this orbiting rock of ours and within the people we come into contact with. Whatever that means for you, with your unique experiences and place in life, this is the thing.

We strive to matter, count for something, make an impact. This is the most important thing we can do as humans. And as a humanist who doesn't believe in any god or afterlife, this perspective is especially pertinent.

After all, I believe it was William Shakespeare who said:

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none, and YOLO, you scullions.

Before I go, I'm so thrilled to let you know that we had Jennifer Niven on Joy Sandwich! She was so lovely. I hope you can listen to the episode: Pasadena Loves YA! & Author Jennifer Niven.

Follow me at @subjectplusverb and @joysandwich

p.s. I realize this all may sound a bit blow(tom)hardy, so please take it as you want: with a grain of salt or with the understanding that I'm just another human trying to figure this shit out. But I believe what I said in my core, which is actually an apple core. A Granny Smith apple core.