Nothing creates satisfaction quite like gooey mouthfuls of melting candy. The sugar rush alone can skyrocket your brain into utopia… if only for a few seconds. It’s for the kids… It’s for fun… It’s just plain good. And who doesn’t like to pretend you are someone or something else for a time? Dressing up creates. It is amazing what imaginations and stories can be spurned from draping a simple cloth over your shoulder while wielding a stick wildly in the air. To give yourself over to these whims is liberating.
Halloween is the greatest holiday in the world because it rejects sustainability in favor of overindulgence. It faces fear not to conquer but to torment the senses. Halloween is the perfect mocking of life. It celebrates the antithesis of health. It pours revelry into a moment of virtual rebellion at odds with the cosmos. It reveals a core problem – we don’t appreciate life.
Obviously I hate fun. You should probably stop reading now.
Halloween is the best this world has to offer. That is why so many people love it. But what if there was something even better?
To suck the marrow out of life with fleeting joys is the stuff pacifiers are made of. To binge is human. I have felt the satisfaction of eating what my mouth wanted even when my stomach said, “Enough!” I have worshiped the porcelain goddess, bowing low over her to deposit my bile, after too many drinks. In this world of pain it is human to escape. It is so much easier to be cynical and satyrical than to care. However we must not confuse escaping with life. We must not call the weekends or the holidays or retirement LIFE.
LIFE is what happens every single day. What we do with our days is what we do with our life. It is a gift to be cherished not a present to be unwrapped and as quickly discarded, in search of the next one. Every moment of the day is pregnant with possibility. Goosebump-raising, spine-tingling, life-building adventure awaits TODAY.
So please, dress up, eat candy, revel all you want (as if you needed my permission), and please do it every single day with:
- un-fleeting joy
- a celebration of life not death
- actions that honor yourself and others
- strength and power not superstition and escapism
There is more available than the best this world has to offer.