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There’s a Difference Between Living and Waiting to Die

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“Living is getting out there where things aren’t that comfortable” – Erik Wahl

Is your day dictated by to-do lists, checkboxes and driving yourself the to a point of such exhaustion and anxiety that you’re just counting the hours so you can go to sleep, and repeat this cycle over and over.

I spent the first 30 years of my life waiting to die and I didn’t even realize it.

I never understood what it meant to be truly present.

I never did anything for its intrinsic value.

I was in a constant race with the world around me. 

My sense of self was defined by metrics, measurements, meaningless badges and pointless accolades. 

I never built or made anything with my own two hands. 

I followed rules, did what was expected, and never colored outside the lines 

The entire world was just an obstacle between me and the finish line.

Maybe you’ve felt this. Maybe you’ve  experienced it.

Truly living is an entirely different experience.

Little moments light you  up. 

Exploring the edges of everything lights you eyes up.

Playing it  safe starts to feel impossible because it’s a reminder of the person you once were.

You live wholeheartedly in the moment. 

You embrace the unpredictable because that’s where a world of infinite possibilities opens up.

You redefine success. The accolades lose their significance  which provides a kind of freedom that I can’t even put into words.

You say yes to whatever might bring even an ounce  of joy to your life

You build things with your own two hands because you realize that self expression is the path to self discovery. 

And you understand that there’s  different between living and waiting to die.  The finish line if you actually believe there is such a thing is the day you die.  

 

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