We finally got around to watching the final episodes of Breaking Bad, and no surprise, things don’t end overly well if you are a drug kingpin. The show’s success was in large part due to our ability to empathize (at times) with Walt, the lead character played brilliantly by Bryan Cranston. Throughout the series he goes ever deeper into a life of bad, saying often to many it’s for his family. In the final episode (and I am not giving away much here), he finally admits what we all know to be true.
I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. And I was really – I was alive.
Like an addict, there were many times when Walt had enough money to stop being bad, but he didn’t. He kept finding his way back to what made him feel alive. I believe we all long to feel truly alive! But I believe Thoreau’s words could not be truer today as they were in his time:
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.
Much of life is going through the motions. No matter how rich or famous you may become, there are still many routines in life that are far from exciting. We all share time getting dressed, waiting in cars, spending time in bathrooms, getting haircuts, watching bad movies, and sleeping. We can’t avoid experiencing these things, which makes the times we do feel really alive, really count!
ASK YOURSELF WHEN YOU FEEL ALIVE
- What times in your life have you felt the most alive?
- Where were you?
- What were you doing?
- Who were you with?
- How did it feel in your body?
The good news is we can feel alive without having to be bad.