While it would appear I just typed a bunch of letters in the title, if you're Swedish you know this is a real word.
I'm not Swedish.
I came across Livsnjutare when I was looking for inspirational words for a new tattoo. I loved the definition: one who loves life deeply and lives it to the extreme.
I think it's a great reminder to appreciate life, to live it one day at a time, and to enjoy every moment. Too often we get caught up in the busyness of our days that we forget to be grateful. We think so much about our big goals that we forget to celebrate the small victories along the way.
The simplicity of living in a village of 1200 where you can walk anywhere you want to go comes to mind today. I volunteer at the library once a month, and I decided to walk yesterday. I took in the fresh air, the beautiful tulips that were blooming along the way, the mom who reminded her little girl to look both ways before crossing the street, the sadness of the funeral at the church across the street from the library, the girl who translated for her mom when they came into the library with a question, and the people who stopped and asked me for directions to the ball field just as I was arriving back home.
I would have missed out on most of those moments if I had driven my car as I usually do.
When I think about the definition of livsnjutare, I ponder the part that says "lives life to the extreme". The first images that pop into my head are extreme sports, going on adventures thousands of miles away, or taking a leap without having the faintest idea of where you're going to land. That can certainly be part of it, but I don't think it's the only definition.
Extreme can be how we go about the way we live. At the end of each day, I can ask myself:
1. Did I cultivate relationships?
2. Was I fully engaged in conversations by focusing only on the person speaking?
3. What was I grateful for today?
4. How did I focus on the moments?
5. To what extent was I fully satisfied with my day?
In other words, how did I live my 86,400 seconds today?
Reflecting in this way enables us to not go from one day to the next as if in a fog. I think of it as a production line in which each station of assembly happens mindlessly and suddenly the product is complete and you wonder how it happened. I don't want to wonder any longer. I want to be a livsnjutare.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.