Living = striving
"In America, we understand that a nation is living only as long as it is striving."
Don at his inauguration today.
It's a great point and applies to individuals too. We are wired to strive. When we stop, we shrivel up and die.
And striving doesn't necessarily have to be for bigger and better. It might be for more equanimity for example - more acceptance, more peace. Heck, you might even be striving to be less striving!
It doesn't matter. The thing is to be working towards something. Then we come alive. Then we get the incredible joy of overcoming.
The joy of being alive.