Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sunday Ponderings: Existence v/s Living

Hello there,

It's been a good weekend and I haven't had any time to laze around and procrastinate. I have just got back from grocery shopping, have had a late lunch and is setting out on another trip with friends. So, I was wondering as to what this week's question should be, and when I hit a dead end, I had asked one of my friends at work, the Score card Guy to suggest a question...and he complied and suggested that I ask the following question:

If you were to turn around and look at your life, would you say it has been survival or would it have been living a full life?

My answer to the question: In some ways. my life has been survival...primarily because I am not someone who's big on taking risks...and feel worried if I would be making the wrong decision....but all those times I have taken a risk, I have realized that I felt good about it...those decisions have helped me achieve things I never thought I would and be who I am now....and when I turn back and look, it's a mix of both, with a little bit more of survival...

Now, THAT is something I intend to correct soon....Because if there's one thing life has taught me, it is that I need to live every day fully....so that some day, I can turn back and say that I've lived.

So tell me, what is your answer for me? And enjoy the rest of the weekend, y'all...

On that note, signing off...

Me

15 comments:

  1. That's a good question cat - I think everyone's is a mix of both.

    I have always had a purpose, I wouldn't call it survival, but I am also spontaneous and try to keep the happy - so there is the living life to it's fullest.

    Sometimes tho' you have to be cautious and deliberate in order to get the moments of full.

    Not an easy question to answer in a comment, but a fun thing to ponder.

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  2. Mostly living. And I try to always remain aware how lucky I am to even have a choice, because for so many people on this planet, nearly every minute of every day is spent trying to scratch up food, water and shelter.

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  3. I'll post mine on my blog and link to you, really enjoyed yours today. Have a great rest of the weekend.
    Odie

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  4. That was a very good question that your work colleague came up with! I honestly don't think my life has been survival, and I do count my blessings for that, although, obviously, we all have things that we have to get over at some time in our life. I tend to live life to the full, especially as I'm getting a bit older. It really does make you realize that life is, indeed, short and we really do have to make the most of it. As I say on my Blog, "Enjoy Life - This is not a rehearsal!".

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  5. For me, right now, it feels like survival. I have suffered from anxiety my whole life- so it has always been about enduring each moment- rather than necessarily enjoying and savoring each moment. While it is not the ideal way to live- it has been the only life I have known. That is not to say that I haven't had moments of wonderful peace in my decisions, or place in life, etc. There are so many ways that I have tried to remedy what some perceive to be a flaw- but it always comes back to this- this is who I am. So, this for me, for now, has been living the fullest life I can manage:-)

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  6. well at times my life has been what living is called bt again that too nvr lasts long and has been followed by long ordeals for survival bt i guess dats wat life is all about, u cant jst have evrything d way u want it.

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  7. Funny, I have a note that I see every day on my computer and try to live by it..."Don't ever live a day meaning just to survive it. Live it. Live it to it's fullest. I don't ever want to be living in history. Live in the moment!"

    I guess this is something that I strive to remind myself about as often as I possibly can. I guess for me I go through seasons of fullness and others where I just survive. Love the thought though!

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  8. That's a good question, I like it.

    In some ways my life has been survival but sometimes I take risks... It's tough being a student which means that I'm broke most of the time but I'm working for my future... and then I'll live a very full life :)

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  9. I would have to say that my life up until the past year or so has been survival. I just wanted to get by in life not really live it. Now that I am older I realize I must live in the moment.

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  10. Unfortunately I'd have to say survival, Im not one to risk much. Sad but true. I need to get to living. Thanks for the posting. Its a wake up call. :)

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  11. Great question! I'd say that survival has forced me to live a full life - I spent a few years just getting by then had to make a huge change and take a risk on living. I'll get my thoughts together and blog it x

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  12. Check out my blog for my answer and others as well in the comments.

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  13. There was a significant part of my life that was survival for several reasons not least of which was due to low self esteem issues. However the bits that have been living (including my whole 30s) have been incredible!

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  14. I definitely live life to the fullest! When I look back, I am amazed at the places I've been, the people I've met, and the things I've experienced. When I look forward, it's with an open mind. Who knows what's next? My life has exceeded my expectations. Anything that comes now is a bonus!

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  15. I think in looking back at my life , I would use the terms engaged and coasting....most has been engaged, lately pretty much coasting without much direction

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