|(your) lust for life|
My dictionary lists three definitions for lust. The first one, now obsolete, defines lust as a personal inclination or wish. The second has to do with physical desire, and the third explains that lust is an intense longing or craving; enthusiasm or eagerness.
It’s that third definition I want to talk about today. I want to talk about the things that we’re longing to do, that we’re eager to get to, that we have so much enthusiasm for that we have to pursue them.
I once heard a talk where the speaker insisted that if you weren’t pursuing grand dreams, you were squandering your unique talents. Which sounds good, and I can agree, sort of. But I heard this while I had two very small children (aged three and zero at the time), and I simply did not have space in my life for grand dreams and epic adventures. I was excited if I managed to feed everybody and also sleep some in a twenty-four hour period.
And I think that’s really okay. I think big plans are wonderful and inspiring—but I also think there are seasons to life, and not every season lends itself well to climbing Mt. Everest or writing an experimental novel or painting the Mona Lisa or becoming America’s Next Top… well, whatever you want to be.
I think you can preserve your lust for whatever you most enjoy in life, even if it lies dormant for a while as you figure out the minutiae of changing diapers and running endless baths and inventing a bedtime routine that ends with everyone sleeping.
But here’s the thing: eventually you do figure that stuff out. After a while, even if you still have those same tasks to accomplish, they require less mental space. And that’s when those big plans can make their comeback. You might even discover new dreams, given your new perspective and experience.
I have a friend who wants to become a cake decorator. Another one hopes to open a coffee house someday. Several of my friends are writers, or artists, or crafters, and hone their skills when they can. This might not be their time, right now, today, but times change.
So I thought we might turn the comments into a dream-sharing venue this week. What are you longing to do? What plan are you eager to pursue? Or what might it be, when you come out on the other side of whatever you’re doing now?