Living or Existing?

‘To live is the rarest thing in the world, most people exist, that is all’- Oscar Wilde

Living and Existing are two words which despite referring to the same thing, completely different from each other.

Have you ever come across a phase in life, when you don’t understand what is happening? When you don’t feel like doing anything and are troubled by a sense of emptiness within? When even though everything is perfectly fine but something doesn’t feel right?

That is the point in life where the difference between ‘living’ and existing becomes crystal clear.
When we exist, we succumb to a general routine, followed by almost everybody, which is necessary for sustenance. There is no passion or purpose associated with it. It is merely sustaining. But while doing certain things you feel that your energy and emotions are flowing through you. That something for you could be dancing, cooking, singing, painting, gardening, or anything that makes you feel alive and love your own existence. When that happens, it is called living.

We have manifested on earth to live a life, not just to exist. But unfortunately, as we grow up and get caught in a rat race, many of us stop living and merely exist. As a result, our emotions don’t flow and get suppressed which further leads to several physical, mental and emotional issues.

If instead, we dedicate some time each day to live and do things that make us feel alive, we will be so much happier and also healthy.

Is that not what we actually want and work hard for?

Ask yourself, are you living or merely existing?

Published by Sruti Shivakumar

An architect from India on a journey of self exploration

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