What does it mean to be alive? In his novel 1984, George Orwell simply defines existence as being conscious of one’s own identity and occupying a particular point in space. But to exist is not to live, that is not the case. Here lies the rub: while existing is easy, living life to the fullest is not.
So how do you live life to the fullest? The answer is quite simple. It cannot, however, be answered as easily, because every person is different and has his or her own likes and dislikes.
What I can tell you though is this: it doesn’t matter what you do. What matters is doing something that you are passionate about. When you live a passionate life,you will not let fear or consequence deter you.
Often times people who realize that they will die at an early age go off and achieve more in a limited lifespan than most people do in a full lifetime. We too must live every day as if it is our last, but make no mistake – that doesn’t mean that you should do something irresponsible. It just means that you need to spend as much time with your loved ones and squeeze every bit of fun out of every moment.
So keeping this in mind, my dear reader, are YOU really alive?