The Human Condition - how things make us feel


Senior Stratmaster
Gold Supporting Member
Dec 13, 2020
Tir-na Nog'th
Not a religious nor "spiritual" person, and I don't generally like people, but when I am hiking the mountains, walking forests, especially alone, I feel a " connection" or something to this place in which I live, that I am part of a greater whole. This is how I center myself and find peace with the universe.


Have to agree with quite a few of the replies here, for me you just can’t beat being out in the countryside. There’s nothing more beautiful except perhaps your own small child or grandchild. So enjoying a lovely day with my little boy whilst rambling on the tracks and byways is simply heaven to me.


Senior Stratmaster
Sep 4, 2016
Oxford England
I have found these special moments have come to me with age. For thirty years my working life was filled with boredom, violence, some fear and occasionally death. I became hardened to these feelings, but now, some years later I find I appreciate little things, like walking my dog, early on a hot summer morning. "We have the sun on our backs boy" is something I say out loud to him.
These feelings often come as a surprise which makes them even more wonderful and I feel lucky I am alive but also, weirdly, I think I played my part and I'm a decent person.
Psychologists, pull the bones out of that one.


Strat-Talk Member
Apr 17, 2020
"I struggle a lot with depression, but when I’m listening to, or playing music, I feel as if I actually belong. The feelings of alienation seem to fall away, and I have a general sense of well-being."

I can relate to that.


Mar 16, 2018
Hi everyone!! Just got through radiation #2.....

And I'm thinking.....

We've all had threads or places or times in our lives, conversations, where people might have asked about our hobbies, our pleasures, why we do the things we do....

What I want to know is, NOT what makes you feel good, like a great song, playing guitar, sailing, sitting on the beach, thrill seeking, any million number of things - NOT talk about those things.....but instead talk about how the things we do make us feel alive, the FEELINGS we get, how we feel alive even though we're not around forever....

THAT's what I want to know about everyone. Not your likes, not your dislikes, not the specific things you do, but how the good things in life make you feel....


Helping people


Dr. Stratster
Apr 8, 2010
I visited my son this afternoon and cooked some spaghetti and meatballs for the grandkids, my daughter and her children were out there visiting also. The cows grazed in the field behind his backyard and the kids were having a ball feeding them Cheetos through the wire fence. The dogs were chasing each other down the yard and rolling in the mud while the moms screamed and the kids laughed. Beer was cold and the sunset lit the sky red, we all sat in the patio and yakked it out while keeping and eye on the younger ones play.
I feel very fortunate and grateful about my own human condition.


Senior Stratmaster
Jun 5, 2021
Palm Coast, FL
I've had a few years of deliberation on being my Father's caregiver for 2 years. Let's see Mom had passed away already a few years before, she left a Lhasa Apso and I would say the dog got Dad as far without Mom as both of them together could go. As caregiver I did my best to get them both that much further. So watching both decline and pass away was something that both made me feel alive & die inside at the same time. Part of me envies them for not having to deal with what goes on in this world. I mean we all see it day in & out, but we also see the sunrises & sunsets too. So my perspective is the hell on this planet is partly by design, but mostly man made misery. So what makes me feel most alive, vivid memories that seem to have been repressed or forgotten that are now coming back. It's not a depression or insanity, but just a cherishing of anything that really mattered.

I think we all have different experiences & perspectives, how we process our journey. Me, I've seen a different kind of death, gentler & kinder for passing away of old age and body organ failure for just wearing out. A different kind of death than what others demises may have been and I think it's prepared me for my own end in some way.
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Ian Ashdown

Apr 16, 2019
San Clemente, CA
Many things make me feel happy! My kids, grandson, dogs, a good glass of red wine . . .

But I really know I’m alive when I get home from a fast motorcycle ride up the local twisty mountain road! Pure adrenaline!



Dr. Stratster
May 6, 2019
Many things make me feel happy! My kids, grandson, dogs, a good glass of red wine . . .

But I really know I’m alive when I get home from a fast motorcycle ride up the local twisty mountain road! Pure adrenaline!


Being in the zone in the twisties, the rest of the world just does not matter only that moment.


Most Honored Senior Member
Jul 9, 2020
Republic of Gilead
When one of my kids has a breakthrough, a success, a moment of bravery, I feel a sense of joy that is pure life. And when my kids go out of their way to stop by and give their old man a hug.

When my dogs smile at me, and when we're out on a hike and they're clearly stoked just sprinting around like they're puppies all over again, so happy to sniff every little thing out there. I'm lucky to have them.

The sense of falling, like a free fall ride. I'm not much of a risk taker, I keep it safe, but a free fall ride or when I'm flying down a single-track flume-like trail on a MTB.

Mental numbness and depression play too much of a role in my life, less so now than, say, ages 7-40ish. But when I've gotten things sorted out for a spell and get a good look at the missus, that's pure joy.

And when I can make someone laugh.


Master Spuddler
Silver Member
Short answer... pushing my own boundaries:
Run a little farther or faster
Ride a nice twisty road on the motorcycle
Achieving academic goals that surpass my upbringing
Teaching someone to something correctly
Helping someone in need when I can (I love my job, but I ain't getting wealthy with it)