David Attenborough Taught Me How to Live

In the three decades I have been on this earth, I have learned some important lessons from watching David Attenborough nature documentaries. What’s more, this man’s dulcet tones and wondrous joy at life have literally gotten me through some of my darkest days.

Be ready for anything: Omnivores are ready to eat whatever comes their way, and so should you. Specialize in some things, yes, but be prepared to adapt.

The world is amazing: Sometimes it’s hard to recognize the good, but Attenborough teaches us that amazing things are everywhere. Watch him show us the amazing lyre bird.

Have fun: See a sloth? Say boo! Look, life is a series of curve-balls, so be silly. The sloth ain’t bovvered.

Believe in what you believe: David Attenborough believes in life and in nature, but not necessarily in God. This is a risky stance, and one I admire him for. He shows that joy and wonder are not limited to those who have faith.

Sometimes life stinks: See this manatee? It’s got bad breath, and that’s life.¬†Sometimes¬†you have bad breath, just from living. Just go with it.

Life is worth living: I mention above that Attenborough has gotten me through the darkest periods in my life. When I’ve thought life was not worth living, I’ve put on one of his shows, and felt better. I see the wonder. I see the things one can do. Here’s a Cicada. It waits 17 frakking years. I can wait a little longer.

By [E] Sally Lawton

My food groups are cheese, bacon, and hot tea. I like studying cities and playing with my cat, Buffy.

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