"A philosophy that emphasizes the uniqueness and isolation of the individual experience in a hostile or indifferent universe, regarding human existence as unexplainable, & stressing freedom of choice and responsibility for the consequences of one’s acts."
The concepts of existing and living are two very different and unexplainable phenomena. To exist, it is to participate in life vicariously through the experience of others. It’s like being a bystander in a foreign film, watching as people go about their everyday lives and unamusing routines. To live, is to simply be a part of something. It’s waking up in the morning and having a good reason to get up. It’s paving your own way, instead of following others footsteps. It’s about setting goals and elevating oneself gradually to reach one’s ultimate potential.
There lies a very distinct, fine line between the two- existing and living. The interesting aspect of these particular ways of life is that every person goes through a crisis where they shift their perceptions and beliefs, jumping from existing to living every now and then. Each particular stimuli of the world and universe have the power to alter our moods and thoughts to the smallest and largest degree. And although at times we feel powerless when subjected to these outside forces, it’s important to remember that we hold the ultimate key—- the power of free will. We make our own decisions; we create our own destiny.
By existing, an individual is enclosed in the walls of self-preservation. Through this isolation, a person has no ability to truly grow. This poses the important point of being in touch with the universe, material and non-material. As global citizens of this modern age, we are meant to find our place in society.
Through the balance of existing and living, we are forced to ask ourselves the purpose of our actions. We are meant to evaluate our lives and are meant to determine what means the most to us. It’s about realizing that in the end, everything connects someway or another. The people, the places, and the things.