I often mention that one of our responsibilities in life is to ensure that we are living and not just merely existing.
Time goes by too quickly to waste it away waiting for life to happen to us.
What we do (or don’t do) today impacts our journey. It shapes what type of life we create and what we will ultimately remember when our time is running out.
It is easy to become complacent with a mediocre or self-preserving lifestyle. We can do a great job convincing ourselves that we are satisfied, when in reality we are simply hesitant to move outside of our comfort zone.
Are you living or are you existing?
People who fully embrace the experience of being alive are endlessly interesting. They have magnetizing stories to tell and planned adventures that they are too willing to share with kindred spirits.
Their excitement is contagious and their boldness is inspiring.
Here are 5 measures that you can adopt to ensure you’re living and not just existing:
There are hundreds of articles on google that not only advise people to say no, but also provide guidelines on how to say no to projects or people. I’m asking you to say ‘yes.’ I know, I’m a rebel.
I’m not asking you to take on more work. I’m asking you to be open to new experiences.
Say yes to invitations that you’ve never been receptive to before. Say yes to trying out a new hobby. Say yes to tasting fried insects as a snack in Thailand. Say yes to anything and everything as long as it will not cause harm to you or others.
The goal is not to stick to the new hobby or to become an insect eating addict, though both may happen. The point is to sample from the buffet that life offers before deciding it is not for us. People who live say yes to experience.
2. Move Your Body
There is no faster way to feel how alive you are than when you move your body.
Move your body!
Whether it’s pushing yourself to go an extra mile on that run, punching harder and kicking higher in your training sessions, dancing until every part of you is layered in sweat, whatever avenue you choose is fine, but just move your body.
When we utilize our body to its fullest capacity, we can physically feel how alive we are. Our bodies remind us of our privilege.
Besides, we only get one body; we need to take care of it.
3. Don’t Wait
I once read a quote: “The trouble is, you think you have time.” Because we think we have time, we put many things on hold.
The ideal time to do whatever you’ve been holding off on will never appear.
If you persistently think about running a marathon, starting your own business, breaking off a relationship, moving across the country…fill in the blank, stop waiting. The reoccurring thought is there for a reason and you owe it to yourself to live it out and see it through.
The longer you wait, the more difficult it is to begin. Start now.
4. Face Fear
Do something that you fear and after you do, you will feel empowered.
Life is not to be feared; it is to be consumed.
People who live have fear, but they do not allow fear to slow them down. They, too, are afraid when they act outside of their comfort zone, but they do it anyway. They do it because they recognize that the payout of doing so is worth it.
Those who live appreciate that they cannot grow and make the most out of life if they do not challenge their fears.
It is when we face our fears that we give ourselves the freedom to fully live and not just exist.
People who live take advantage of the many reasons we have to celebrate.
They know how to loosen up, how to enjoy, how to appreciate, how to live it up.
They do not take having woken up that morning for granted and therefore already feel that there is a reason to celebrate!
They celebrate themselves, they celebrate others, they celebrate life.
People who live and not just exist make time to rejoice in victories, no matter how small.
They also have an awareness that good things can be disguised as hardships and learn how to find reasons to celebrate even when it’s raining.
What are you doing to make the most out of your life?