Zest is such a fun word. When I hear or read the word, I think of vibrancy and a ‘get up and go attitude’. A feeling of being alive. I looked up the definition and
‘enthusiasm, eagerness, energy and interest’
It can also mean ‘the outer coloured part of citrus fruit used for flavouring.
Living a life with Zest means we are thriving and enjoying being alive. The British philosopher, Bertrand Russel, said “What hunger is in relation to food, zest is in relation to life” and suggested that having a zest for life is the mark of a happy person.
Do you have a zest for life? Are you someone who jumps in boots and all with verve and enthusiasm?
What does having a Zest for Life mean?
Having a zest for life doesn’t mean that we have to be scaling mountains or jumping out of planes or even bungy jumping. It simply means feeling alive and having an appetite to experience life. We all have a natural zest for life and we only have to look at children to see and feel their enthusiasm for new experiences and having fun.
Unfortunately, as we go through life and get caught up with responsibilities, perhaps illness or just learning to cope with our hectic lifestyle, we lose our zest. We start living in a rut which we can’t seem to break free of.
If we are tired or not taking care of our health and well-being, then of course our enthusiasm lags and we just don’t feel like doing anything. We certainly don’t feel passionate about anything other than just making it through the day.
Rediscovering your Zest for Life
The good news is that we can take steps to rediscover our zest for life. Don’t be defined by age because anyone can rediscover their passion for life as long as they have the right attitude.
Alistair Humphreys is an adventurer, author and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2012. He writes that microadventures are any sort of adventure that is “short, simple, local, cheap – yet still fun, exciting, challenging, refreshing and rewarding.” This could be in your own backyard, there is no need to travel to the other side of the world.
Learning to play again
As children we had no trouble being carefree or playing. I love spending time with my grandson because he teaches me how to play and have fun. Just because we are adults, doesn’t mean that we have to discard playtime.
Living a healthy lifestyle
To have a zest for life means you need energy. To be sparking on all cylinders you need to live a healthy lifestyle. This means:
- making healthier food choices,
- having some daily movement of up to 30 minutes doing some form of activity that you love
- making time each day for meditation or reflection
- having regular check ups
Stepping out of your comfort zone
Sometimes excitement comes from doing something you haven’t done before. It doesn’t mean that you have to be a daredevil. It just means doing something that might stretch your comfort level. Even walking a different route to what you normally do can change your comfort zone.
Accepting that life can sometimes give you lemons
Zest is also the peel of the citrus fruit used for flavouring and sometimes life can throw us lemons (or curve balls), which give us a bitter taste. It is what we do when we are faced with problems or the bitter parts of life that matters.
Some people will make lemonade, some will grab tequila and salt.
Life isn’t always fun and we can’t always be upbeat, vital and energetic. Accepting this and having the right attitude will make you stronger, more resilient and more capable of overcoming the bad times to enjoy the good.
What are some ways you rediscover your Zest and passion for life?
We have reached ‘Z’ and that means the end of the ‘Blogging AtoZ Challenge’ for April. I do hope you have enjoyed my AtoZ Guide to Thriving in Life. I know that I have learned so much writing the posts and have reinforced the idea of thriving in my own mind.
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