Day 2773: Will to live

Will to live, according to Wikipedia, is

a concept developed by the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, Will being an irrational “blind incessant impulse without knowledge” that drives instinctive behaviors, causing an endless insatiable striving in human existence, which Nature could not exist without.l

In the 2000 Year Old Man, Mel Brooks seems to answer one of Carl Reiner‘s questions about his incredible longevity with “will to live.”  When Carl Reiner presses further, the 2000 year old man says, “What?  No!  I mean my great doctor, Will Talive.  Dr. William Talive!”

Tomorrow, I’m going to see my great doctor, Dr. Deeb Salem, who will continue to help me live into my later years with my very rare congenital heart condition. It seems that both Dr. Salem (who is older than I am) and I have tremendous will to live.

Now, as I live, I will reveal the inspiration for today’s post:


Yesterday, Michael and I wondered if our late kitty Oscar would still be alive today if we hadn’t given him a “peaceful passing” two weeks ago, because Oscar had such an amazing will to live.

Will you see the will to live in my other photos from yesterday?












One of my readers — puella33 — had the will and the talent to transform one of my previous photographs into this wonderful painting:

Carla's painting

I’m so glad that beautiful painting will live in this blog.

Here is “The Will to Live” by Ben Harper:

Here are the opening lyrics of “The Will to Live” by Ben Harper:

I met a girl whose heart
Was on the right hand side
And upon the left
An angel did reside
They told her mother
That she never would survive
But she kept the rhythm
And is still alive.

I hope you will have the will to leave a comment.

As long as I have the will to live, I will express gratitude for everything, including YOU!


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22 thoughts on “Day 2773: Will to live

  1. a new diet is called for, thanks

  2. Dee

    Great theme. I lost the will to live when I was diagnosed with CHD. However, the support of my dear Mum and close friends has given me immense strength and courage to live. Drawing to my faith in a deeper sense has also helped. Moreover, this world is so beautiful and gives me the energy and encouragement to live. Thank you…

  3. “love is the ultimate expression of the will to live.”- Tom Wolfe

  4. I hope your doctor’s appointment is encouraging

  5. This is a good time to remind everybody to get a will or update their will, while they are thinking about their will to live.

  6. puella33

    Hi, Ann, Thank you for sharing that painting on this blog. I look forward to giving it to you. The will to live, I think, has much to do with our surroundings , including people in them. I’ll be thinking of you tomorrow while you’re at the doctor’s. Be well.

  7. Your will to live is admirable, as was Oscar’s, and Dr. Salem’s skill as a physician and puella33’s skill as an artist are admirable as well. And those last two make me think about how various talents of so many people provide all of us not just with a will to live but also a reason.

    • puella33

      Thank you , Christopher, I’m very humbled. I don’t know you but I think you are admirable in your own way, as we all have individual gifts

    • Thank you for your various talents!

  8. Yes, strong coffee and the will to live. Purrfect combination, my dear friend! ღ˘◡˘ற♡.。oO

  9. The fact that your photos inspire paintings is an amazing force, Ann.

  10. Pingback: Day 2811: The difference between awareness and worry | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

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