Living or Surviving?
Do you ever think about your life and wonder if you are living or just surviving. Each person has some sort of purpose they need to fulfill on earth: either to change somebody else’s life, to change the world, to change ourselves, to make someone believe in a certain possibilities, to be a role model, to leave a legacy or to touch a life somewhere.
When we are born, we are so young, so fragile, we have not experienced the harsh nature of the world and we have not succumbed to the world’s pressures on who to be, how to act or how to live our lives.
Then we grow up and we start facing all these battles, we start to worry about life’s challenges it being either:
v our families,
v Our achievements and many others.
We become so fixated on these problems we forget ourselves in them; we repeatedly obsess and bury ourselves in these worries, but then again we wouldn’t be human if we didn’t have all these things to worry about.
Then on spur of a moment, you get into a situation where your whole life flashes in front of you and at that moment you realize that all you have done with your life is constantly fight life’s battles, you never gave yourself that opportunity to really live all you did was just survive in life. At this moment you see so many possibilities, so many mistakes, opportunities, and so many things you could have done, said or been. You imagine all the things you did in your life and try to focus on their essence and in some you see the value and in most you find futile. The feel of regret dawns in you and hope of another chance to give life another go.
Most people lead their lives on survival mechanism it may be by choice or by circumstance but this doesn’t mean that we cannot do something about it, we have the capability to change the course of our lives if we wanted to, we just need to press the pause button on our lives, deeply evaluate our need for life and then do something that we believe in. No matter how absurd it looks to another person, if it makes you feel alive and liberated then you should take the liberty of doing it. Then maybe we will look at our lives as not so much as trying to get through a day but actually going through it because I believe if you do what you want, you’re living and if you do what you need, you’re basically surviving.
Charles Morgan puts it simply that;
The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mood of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change, for happiness, like a child, must be allowed to grow up.
This quote by Charles Morgan is truly captivating! <3