#reverb10 prompt, day 3: Moment. Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (texture, smells, voices, noises, colors).

Considering the word I choose for 2010 — bumfuzzled — it feels like most of my energy has been spent on surviving. Hunting for an ever-elusive destination, all the while ripping my jeans, smudging dirt on my face and blowing the bangs out of my eyes just to keep a view of the path.

Feeling most alive, then, happened in brief stints when taking breaks from traipsing through the jungle and hacking through whatever obstacles appeared. When sitting still, outside on the balcony, in the sunshine. Warm skin. Hands wrapped around a mug of steaming coffee almost too hot to hold. Feet up on banister. Sun kissing toes. Mug to mouth. Steam whispers a sweet and nutty aroma. Green leaves contrast against blue sky. Black crow flies overhead. Close eyes. Traffic whooshes by, rushing down I Street. They can hurry. Let me rest. Deep breath. Smile. Looking forward to this moment gets me through the day.

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