to be anywhere

1) I'm happy to be anywhere.

Apparently Keith Richards said that. Maybe a lot of other people have as well.


Can't the sentence mean two things:

a) I enjoy being anywhere.

b) I am happy to be alive, no matter where I am. The very fact that I am
somewhere makes me feel happy, because it means I am somewhere and not dead.

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Hello, Navi,

Yes, I think that (1) can have both of those meanings. But I don't think the two meanings are necessarily separate meanings. Meaning (b) simply expresses a possible reason for (a), to capture (1)'s rhetorical flourish.

We could phrase meaning (b) likes this: I am happy to be anywhere, because I could have been nowhere, and I think being anywhere is better than being nowhere. Meaning (a) by itself could be expressed like this:

(2) I am happy wherever I am / go / find myself.

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