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Do You Think You Are Living Or Just Surviving? 

are you living or just surviving?

For all those countless years, you’ve been chasing a dream that you thought would fill up that hollow space in you, but when you actually do reach that point, you get what you want! How many days do you celebrate it? Maybe 1-2 days or merely a whole week. But what then? Are you living or just surviving?

You’ve put a lot of effort into getting to where you’re now. Remember when you wished you had all these things you have now? Must take a pause and be a bit grateful for it. Won’t you? 

Chasing Hollow Dreams

I noticed it when I was 15 and wanted an outfit so badly. Saved money and asked my mom to get it for me. I was looking forward to wearing that dress. That outfit will let me win the whole world. Like it’s the solution to all of my problems. But guess when I got it? How many days do you think the happiness lasted? Maybe a day or two. 

Then I took pictures in it, and now it’s just lying dead in the corner of my closet with most of the clothes I don’t even remember buying. I decided to donate 75% of my clothes because those were the ones I never really needed. After all, all I wear are t-shirts and pyjamas all the time. So when I got them, I felt I was chasing hollow dreams. Am I living in survival mode? 

Materialistic Happiness Lasts

Here I am, telling you that it’s not just about clothes but everything in our life that we chase and when we get it. Happiness never lasts because it wasn’t about that materialistic thing anyway

Have you ever thought about why we’re living? Is it so we can grow old, ignoring the present because the future always seems better and the past just keeps haunting us no matter what? When will this end? 

When you were a child, all we wanted were toys, and then we got bored and wished to be adults as soon as possible. But when the teenage years throw struggles at us, we can prepare ourselves for that adult life. Did we live? Nope. 

Teenage Throwing Struggles At You 

I just finished watching the movie 13 Going on 30 (2004). All she said was, “I hate my life and want to be an adult!” The title says it all. A girl who was so unhappy with her current teenage life thought. She thought it would solve all of her problems if she became 30. But truth be told, it got even more complicated than it was. (I’m not going to give you spoilers, though.) What did she wish for? To go back in time, not for money or outfits. This proves that time is far superior to money

What are we actually chasing? Because no matter what that thing is. Our happiness feels hollow, and it’s never enough. Take a pause and realize. What you actually want is so far different from what you need. Because in the end, it’s your happiness that matters the most instead of chasing what you don’t think will please you in the long run. Is it? 

Here’s a Poem:

I just don’t know what to do.

It keeps happening to me, but who’s responsible? 

I am the one who controls my life.

I have to do things my way.

Let’s take charge of my life

Wipe those tears off, baby girl. 

We have a world to conquer. 

You are your father’s daughter. 

Don’t let them tell you otherwise.

Tell them off and show them you’re pretty precise at everything you do. 

You can do anything if you survive in everything you focus your heart on.

If only you could make up your mind. 

Don’t listen to others.

Don’t let your life pass you by. 

You are, in the end, the one. After all.

The one who’s going to be proud.

To call yourself the best version of yourself.

The Idea Behind The Poem

We realize that these things we’ve been chasing no longer give us the expected happiness. We can let it go and focus on what makes us happy. 

Getting caught up in the rat race of working towards goals that you think will make us happy is easy. You strive for promotions, bigger houses, and nicer cars, but when you finally achieve these things, you often realize that they don’t bring you the happiness you thought. It’s not always easy to let go of material possessions or the status quo, but sometimes it’s necessary to find true happiness.

To be truly happy, you must focus on your relationships with others and living in the present moment. Instead, you must let go of your attachment to material things and focus on experiences and memories. These are the things that will bring you lasting happiness. So next time you find yourself chasing after something that you think will make you happy, ask yourself if it’s really worth your time and effort. 

How To Live Instead of Surviving?

It’s easy to get stuck in the grind of everyday life and just go through the motions. If you’re not careful, you can just survive instead of living.

  • Make time for yourself. It’s important to set aside time each day, even if it’s just a few minutes, to do something that you enjoy. This can be reading, taking a walk, listening to music, or anything else that relaxes and rejuvenates you.
  • Don’t put your happiness on hold. Too often, we wait until we retire or reach some other milestone before we start living life to the fullest. Why not start now? If there’s something you’ve always desired, go for it!
  • Live in the moment. Don’t dwell on the past or worry about the future, even though our minds tend to imagine the worst-case scenarios. There’s no point in either. Learn from the past and plan for the future, but live each day to its fullest. 
  • Take care of yourself. You deserve to eat well and get plenty of rest. If you feel tired, take a nap. Eat food that tastes good and makes your body feel strong and healthy. 
  • Do something nice for someone else every day. Help a friend in need. Spend some time listening to someone who needs to speak. Smile at strangers.

Look for the best in people and situations.

  • Don’t make assumptions about other people or judge them based on their appearance or what you know about them.
  •  Say what you mean and be direct. If something is bothering you, talk about it. Don’t say one thing and mean another. 
  • Take risks, but don’t take stupid ones. Don’t hesitate to try new things, but make sure you’re safe. 
  • Look at yourself in the mirror daily and say something nice about yourself. It doesn’t have to be anything big or grandiose. “I’m a good person” is enough. 
  • Take time out of every day for yourself. Don’t feel guilty about spending time alone or doing things you enjoy. 

Final Thoughts

We work long hours at jobs we hate, paying bills and buying things we don’t need. But is this life? Comment if you agree and share your own definition of a blissful life. 

I believe that life is what you make it. Change your situation if you’re not satisfied with it. Chase your goals and turn your dreams into reality. Do things that make you happy and fill your life with positivity. Life can be tough sometimes, but that doesn’t mean we have just to survive. Let’s make life rock! 

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Khushboo Sangwan

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It was easy when we were kids. Why don’t we dream like a 5 year old anymore? I mean we can, if we let ourselves. Hey I’m khushboo sangwan. My love for writing developed over years. It was about poems, quotes then motivation becoming thoughts. I love to get those ideas on a piece of paper serving on this digital screen. I guarantee you’ll find all that you need to know about growing years with amazing writing tips on the go. Keep on binging to the fresh content! ;-) 

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