After reading this prompt, I had some mixed feelings. I do very much advocate doing things that make you feel alive, because if you never feel alive, really, what's the point? At the same time, though, not everything life-affirming has to be of the skydiving variety. Sometimes there's a much more quiet, private feeling, of being slowly filled with joy until you're sure that you're glowing with it-- for me, personally, that trumps a thrill any day. I get that feeling when I'm walking around the West Village on a weekday morning, when it's quiet and just waking up. And when Marissa and I start talking about our trip to Disney last summer, we do talk about what a great time we had running from one attraction to the next, but the memory that comes up most fondly every time? The night that we decided to stay in, swim in the pool, and order pizza and watch Mean Girls. Sometimes 'feeling alive' happens from a thrill, sometimes it happens from contentment.
I do believe in living an extraordinary life. But I think the meaning of 'extraordinary' varies from person to person. The same thing goes for 'preparing to live.' In some instances, preparation is necessary, like in the day 5 prompt-- studying isn't the world's most exciting pastime, but it's so I can have an incredible experience later. I guess the important thing is to make sure that you actually do the thing that you're preparing for.