What is the difference between living and being alive?

To be alive is to breathe. It’s to take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide. There is nothing unique or special everyone can do it.
It’s so easy that a lot of us become pretty complacent in just doing that for the rest of our lives. To be alive is to do what ever everyone else does etc. watch TV (then breathe), shower(then breathe, get a degree(then breathe), get a job (then breathe) and so on.

It’s no accomplishment to be alive. It’s no big thing to breathe, walk, run, feed yourself and sustain your life. Most people do have obstacles and they are likely to be tough but being alive is like a roller coaster, there are ups and downs.
The ones people talk about, are those who have actually learned how to truly live. Those who took a break from watching TV and who did more than just breathe in and out.
To be alive is to be stagnant. It’s to let the current drag you through the rhythms and motions as you hold your breath.

Living is something completely different. Living is taking someone’s breath away, losing your breath at moments and forgetting to breathe. Its having fun and not letting anything get in your way. As Elvis Presley once said “Live each day, as if it were your last. Its written in the stars, your destiny is cast” . Living is to never let anything get you down even when you are upset.

"Living isn’t about preserving your breaths, counting them, watching them go in and out. It’s about forgetting to breathe, delving into passions and opportunities, swimming against the current and almost drowning".

Living is what you do with those breaths, those moments. It’s how you make your own path, dance because there’s no other way to express yourself and experience heartbreak. If you won’t take a leap of faith then nobody will do it for you. Try and take risks… imagine what would happen if you had no boundaries for a day, like Peter Pan. Would you fly? Face hook? hang out with the lost boys? Or watch TV and sit on your couch? In the last Peter Pan movie which i watched (when Peter was older) I never thought he would be capable of living again, but he did.
Living is loving and cherishing every moment but also making new ones.
It’s sacrificing your happiness for others and losing yourself in a guitar, piano or even violin solo. It’s burning out and falling down.
Those who are just alive don’t notice the seasons changing or the life forming. All they see is in black and white. They never see the simple joys in the everyday things or create memories that will be recalled generations later.

What I want you to take from this is to try  and live even when things get difficult. I have been dealing with a lot of pressure as I’m doing my exams soon but I have taken up hobbies such as this blog, balloon modelling and army cadets which has helped me focus on the important things in life. To have fun. Whether for you it is to take risks, skydive, hang out more with friends or to go on holidays it is good to do something worthwhile for yourself once in a while.

I invite you to tell your “living experiences” as I would love to hear them. Thank you!FDB301D4-D2A8-4612-818E-00FB9FA9CBB5

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11 thoughts on “What is the difference between living and being alive?”

  1. Living for me is walking in the plan God has laid out for me as He uses me in small ways to touch another’s life for eternity. That is living the abundant life He promises, filling our hearts with His joy.

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