The rhythm of the life we have today causes us to lose sight of what is fundamental in life. … To be alive is a miracle and nothing is more important than life itself. And you can’t buy it. You can only spend it. It goes. So how I spend this miracle of a life I have is the most important question for every person.
President Jose Mujica of Uruguay, discussing his life and upcoming retirement.
Known for his liberal social policies as well as his embracement of a minimalist, self-sufficient lifestyle, Mujica has a clear view of what it means to live well:
“If I want to have a lot of things, I have to spend so much of life getting them and then so much time taking care of them and lots of time overseeing them – then I’m not free. I’m free in that part of my life when I do truly what motivates me.”