Still Breathing

Stop.Be very quiet. Stay very still. Just listen. Can you hear it?

It’s the sound of your body breathing. Can you hear your heartbeat there in the silence? See the rise and fall of your chest as it translates air into life? Do you feel the blood pushing and pulling as it rushes through your veins?

Stop. Just listen. It’s there. It’s your life, in your breathing.

We take it for granted, the air we breathe. The natural processes happen subconsciously, but even when we become aware of them, we can’t will them to stop. No matter how still you are, your heart will keep pumping. You can try to hold your breath, but you’ll eventually respire. Whether or not you are aware of it, you just keep breathing. We all keep breathing.

I am still breathing, but I shouldn’t be. I killed myself and I died.

I took my last breath. I saw the other side. Yet, here I am, alive as a soul in this body. I am Still Breathing.

From Merriam-Webster’s Thesaurus:

Entry Word: breathe Function: verb Text: 1 to inhale and exhale air, breathe Synonyms: respire Related Words: expire, inspire; gasp, huff, pant, puff, wheeze; sniff, snore, snort, snuffle; yawn Near Antonyms: asphyxiate, choke, gag, smother, suffocate; garrotte (or garotte), stifle, strangle, throttle