Every morning, even before I open my eyes

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Every morning, even before I open my eyes, I know I am in my bedroom and my bed. But if I go to sleep after lunch in the room where I work, sometimes I wake up with a feeling of childish amazement — why am I myself? What astonishes me, just as it astonishes a child when he becomes aware of his own identity, is the fact of finding myself here, and at this moment, deep in this life and not in any other. What stroke of chance has brought this about? What astonishes me, just as it astonishes a child when he becomes aware of his own identity, is the fact of finding myself here, and at this moment, deep in this life and not in any other.

~ Simone de Beauvoir (1908–1986) in her autobiography, All Said and Done 

 


Source: Brainpickings – Simone de Beauvoir on the Constellation of Chance and Choice That Makes Us Who We Are

 

Comments

  1. “What stroke of chance has brought this about?”
    Lately, yes, this has been on my mind a lot. And it doesn’t feel more real than when I’m coming back, slowly to reality, from a nap.
    Also, I’m on the look out for what stroke of luck will change it all. Not that I want anything different.

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  2. That karmic kismet…amazes me too, and reminds me regularly how blessed and lucky I am…

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  3. fate, luck, ___?

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  4. Wonderful quote, Dave. “Astonished” is a great word of the day. I’m astonished to find myself sitting here in Montreal at the end of the first week of January. 🙂 Happy Friday!

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  5. Oh, David! Why isn’t there a “love” button? I have read this 4 times already – out loud, to hear how delicious it is.
    Good morning from a beautiful snowy morning in CT.

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  6. “…deep in this life and not in any other.” I’m often hit by the realization that things could have gone so very differently for me — the notion strikes most frequently when I travel. I am humbled by the blessings I have enjoyed, and also intrigued by the idea that there are so very many other paths I could have traveled, where it not for a metaphorical left turn here or right turn there. Crazy….

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  7. I found this exact sentiment happening as I arted (I declare “art” a verb now) last week. After such a low autumn, to wake up in those moments of quiet joy were astonishing.

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