thoughts on breathing…

Did you know that the average person takes 28,880 breaths a day? … according to the all-knowing 

And, did you know that if you multiply 28,880 breaths by 365 days a year, you would find that the average person breaths 10,541,200 times a year?  Once again… answer courtesy of (I had to turn to the internet because I truly am mathematically challenged).

Today I turned 42.  If I were to multiply 42 times 10,541,200, I could get a rough answer of 442,730,400 breaths that I have taken in my life time.  Obviously, my equation is slightly flawed because this doesn’t include the times my kids have done something that takes my breath away, or when I had to breath (hee, hee, hee, hee) through a contraction during labor and delivery or leap years, but you get the idea… I have done a lot of breathing during my lifetime!

Why all this talk of breaths and breathing?  Just today, as I spent the day exploring a local little town just me and my man, I realized, anew, how frequently I get caught up in life and forget to enjoy the individual moments that make up my life.  I get so busy… life happens… things get in the way and I rely on my lungs involuntarily taking in air to get me through the day.  I rarely stop and think about breathing… I just do it.

Just as is my life… I rarely stop and think about living… I just do it.  And, when I “just do it” minutes blend into hours that morph into days and meld into weeks and then years go by… and I didn’t stop to enjoy any of it.

Today… I breathed…  I walked hand in hand with the love of my life and consciously took air in my lungs.  And, as I did, something amazing happened… my senses woke up… I smelled spring in the air and saw the blue, blue sky.  I heard birds songs and my man’s laughter.  I felt the cool air on my face and the joy in my heart.

Breathing… so glad I took time today to take that deep breath!

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