Let’s talk about my all-time favorite stageplays to read. The Importance Of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. Maybe it’s not so much the play I really love, but just the man behind the magic himself Oscar Wilde.
Oscar Wilde captures the best and worst parts of life through his writing. He gives us an overview of how the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. He captures the essence of how to laugh off the situation but address the problem.
I believe that Wilde can do all this and so much more because he comes to life with a viewpoint that not many share. He says,
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
Most see Wilde as a good playwright, and to be quite honest, – he definitely was. I, however, see Wilde as so much more.
I see him as a free soul blowing through. A soul looking to experience the world, not just be present in it. I see an inspiration for us to do the same. When I read Wilde’s work, it’s impossible to acknowledge everything he sees within society without feeling a conviction towards why you never noticed it. He gently presses his readers into considering how present they are in their daily lives. Wilde doesn’t become a dictator, but he knows how to get people to think.
I’ve spent the day thinking about what it looks like to live. Not to merely exist but to actually live. The thought of embracing and loving life seems pretty legit. So, are you going to live, or just exist?