I Don’t Care Who You Are

People seem to like stories more than anything else when they read.  Today I am going to tell you a lot of stories.  Without telling you a single story.  I’m hoping by reading this you think of someone else’s story, or relate to a story of your own.   Through the power of living life with emotion.

There are some things in life that should make you tremble with emotion.  This isn’t a list.   And it certainly isn’t all encompassing.  I hope for every set of eyes that honors me with the time it takes to read this, there is an additional experience that has been lived and can be shared.  I don’t want to exist without the power these should evoke.

Instrumental music that beats with the rhythm of your heart.

Lyrics that came from someone else’s experience that were ripped from your very life.

Anyone suffering  with, living with, or dying from cancer.

Anyone suffering with, living with,  or dying from anything painful and debilitating.

Suffering.  Just suffering.

Meanness and cruelty.

Love lost.

Love found.

Kindness shared.   Kindness given and kindness accepted.


Peaceful death.  Where someone falls in to a comfortable sleep and awakens in the presence of angels.   Or a beautiful light of love and acceptance.  Whatever your belief is.

Tiny stumbling first steps.

First kisses.

Last kisses.

Any kiss.

Mountains climbed!

Falling down.

Not staying down!

Prayers for peace.

Hard work.

Deserved rest and play!

Someone giving up.

Someone refusing to succumb.

Saying goodbye.

Saying hello after long absences.




Love, reignited.

Sacrifice for others.

People or countries at war.

People or countries who commit to peace and accept differences.

Acceptance and tolerance even if there is not an understanding.

That moment when the light of the sun breaks through the barrier at the edge of the earth.

That moment when the light of day is swallowed whole and completely by the earth needing rest.

Chocolate ice cream with solid ribbons of peanut butter frozen inside.

I don’t care who you are.   Some things in life should provoke and evoke powerful emotions.   A panorama of emotions .   Joined with the force of laughter and joy.   Life experienced without the impact of these emotions is motion without purpose.

I don’t care who you are.  You need to cry, to laugh, to combine these with the actions of life.

Oh my God, just live!  Feel it and experience it and express it!  Life is raw.  It is meant to be experienced newly and differently by every single one of us.  

I don’t care who you are.

You deserve it.

It’s hard to come across a life that exists without emotion.   There’s not much story without emotion.

49 thoughts on “I Don’t Care Who You Are

  1. I’ll take the chocolate ice cream with the peanut butter ribbons…I don’t know what else to say…I feel a bit choked up at the moment so I thought I’d break it up with some humor!


    • I like the humor. Though seriously, this ice cream is something I’m pretty intense about. The last two times we stopped at our favorite place for a scoop they were OUT. OUT?!? I was EXTREMELY passionate about that let me tell you.

      I’m glad you are choked up. Emotions should do that to us. With laughter and tears. When I wrote this, and now read it in my head, I read it very intensely.

      I always appreciate humor. Even on serious pieces. Though this was mean as both.


  2. Stimulus overload. Not dissimilar to Marissa’s comment, I find the listing overwhelming. Bite size pieces are more manageable for me. I may come back to this when more singularly focused.


  3. Agreed, Colleen … Living life intensely has it’s drawbacks, but I wouldn’t trade it. Not that I could anyway. We’re hard-wired to a great extent, and if we can embrace that and be good to others, well then that’s a life well-lived.


  4. Colleen, my lovely friend and kindred spirit! I am always excited, sometimes my family say I took after my wild, crazy but sweet, loving Great Aunt Marie! I think they are too serious, they are not ‘amazed’ enough!! I cannot help but be entranced by the diversity of experiences that you have shared, ones that are truly amazing.
    You wrote about Giants, that is a moving subject. You shared about pain and separation/estrangement of children. What takes my breath away, which cannot match many things is someone stopping, sharing, smiling, or hugging a stranger. The way those who have Faith, believe that there has been One who walked the earth, who wished us to look upon everyone as our sister and our brother. Connectedness, that would be part of what you listed, but my best word for this. Human Kind connecting across the gaps in time, space and cultures. I am near tears, must stop. Love, Robin


    • Oh Robin, this is such an emotional connection to what I wrote. It’s what I hope we all feel. Not necessarily to my words (though I am honored) but to life. And that you express your connectedness to it is exactly what I meant. Thank you for getting it. I’m with you and Aunt Marie! Be amazed! Awed! Dazed!


  5. You’re list brought so many different stories to mind… my stories, my families stories, my friend’s stories… LIFE – if you are truly LIVING A LIFE – your life is filled with emotion. My heart aches for anyone with a life of no emotion. Thanks for the prompts.


    • I’m sorry you had a tearful day Tric. I will send wishes across the ocean for you to receive those belly laughs. I hope you have some great posts coming, what am I saying? I know you do. 🙂


  6. Carpe Diem! Well written and said, and a good reminder to add the spice of life into life and work as well. Sometimes emotions are overwhelming, but without them it is almost a life half lived. Profound start to the day, good post. 🙂


  7. Colleen, soft smile, what a wonderful post, and how fortunate I am to be able to read it, and have it’s meaning (at least to me) tattoo’d to my forehead. The emotions; the good and bad, the warmth and chill, the right and wrong, the love and even hate, the smiles and frowns, have all been felt or been caused by me over my lifetime. The realization of all the things didn’t really to come into focus until I met the stick folks, they expanded my horizon, they openned doors, and left others ajar, they encouragement and helped me in my writing, and in the development of one extremely special friendship. Colleen, thank you for such a wonderful post. All of these emotions have made me a better man, a better father, a better human. I know I will live the fullest life I can until the end of retirement. Again thank you, take care, Bill.


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