How have you spent the day so far? Have the activities of the day been the routine of daily life or have you been able to enjoy moments. Would you say that you are existing or that you are living?
It can become very easy to fall into the habit of existing. Each day there is work to be done, daily errands to complete and the habits that often occur in simply making it through the day.
Life is busy for most people and it can become very easy to fall into patterns of existence. Days can be so busy that the food is simply swallowed rather than tasted, the words of conversations are only halfway heard and beautiful scenery becomes a backdrop that is ignored and taken for granted.
Living a full and complete life does not have to mean constant travel to foreign countries or daily cooking exotic meals.
Living a full life needs to include time to check in with yourself and acknowledge the activities and things that bring happiness.
Living a full life requires being present.
Living a full life can be difficult as it can seem like there isn’t time, or enough money or that the current life is as good as it gets. Many do not even know where to start in living a full life.
Many people simply exist due to fear. Have you ever dreamed a dream but found it would involve moving to a new city? Have you ever considered doing something different but did not due to what others would think or say? Are you putting off your dreams or hopes for someday so that you can have more money in your checking account or until your children are older or your spouse receives a promotion?
I attempt to regularly challenge myself in regards to questioning if I am existing or living in my daily life. I am one of those who existed for many years. There are also times when I find myself falling into old patterns of doing the same activities or routines out of comfort or habit and sometimes even fear.
The establishment of this blog holds me accountable in regards to living life rather than existing. I am grateful for a space where I can provide inspiration and motivation for others but also have the responsibility of being a model for something more that existing. Establishing a blog has been helped me to hold myself at a higher level of accountability.
If you are a new reader, please know that How to Make a Life can not provide a checklist of how to live. However it is a space that provides ideas, suggestions and tips along with thoughts on the struggles and successes of living. Together, we learn from each other on how to make a life and to live.
Today, I ask you to question if you are existing or if you are living?