Living Or Existing?

I’m taking part in Cinful  Cinnamon’s Monday Me Hop, and chose  this question to respond to today:

What is the difference between living and existing?

I tend to see existing as dreaming but never doing anything to make our dreams come true. Staying in a safe, comfortable zone or place so we don’t lose anything, hurt, or suffer.

Living requires taking chances, DOING something, taking the vision from our head and heart and turning it into a reality.

Existing – walking past the bakery, smelling those wonderful pastries and wishing you had one.
Living – going in and actually buying a pastry and slowly savoring every mouthful!

Existing – wishing you were 20 pounds lighter while lamenting that your favorite jeans no longer fit.
Living – getting up off your butt and going for a walk every single day, making those 20 pounds vanish.

Existing – wishing you had more  money to do more things.
Living – Finding a way to make it happen, through a second or a better job.

Existing – wishing for your relationship to be the love of your life.
Living – deciding it IS the love of your life and making it such.

Existing – watching the roller coaster of life safely from the sidelines with  your heart locked down so you aren’t hurt, never taking chances on anything that might not work.
Living – buying your ticket and getting on the roller coaster and feeling all the ups and downs that make it exciting!

Standing Outside The Fire ~ Garth Brooks

We call them cool
Those hearts that have no scars to show
The ones that never do let go
And risk it the tables being turned

We call them fools
Who have to dance within the flame
Who chance the sorrow and the shame
That always come with getting burned

But you got to be tough when consumed by desire
‘Cause it’s not enough just to stand outside the fire
We call them strong
Those who can face this world alone
Who seem to get by on their own
Those who will never take the fall

We call them weak
Who are unable to resist
The slightest chance love might exist
And for that forsake it all

They’re so hell bent on giving, walking a wire
Convinced it’s not living if you stand outside the fire

Standing outside the fire
Standing outside the fire
Life is not tried it is merely survived
If you’re standing outside the fire

There’s this love that is burning
Deep in my soul
Constantly yearning to get out of control
Wanting to fly higher and higher
I can’t abide standing outside the fire

Repeat Chorus(twice)

~ Garth Brooks ~


  1. Great post. Thanks as always for taking part on the writing prompt. If more people would make things “happen” in their life, instead of whining about how they can’t, or it’s not fair that everyone else has more than me, or it’s not my fault that my life isn’t better………….then everyone would be happier. They would be happier because they’ve done something about the life they want. And WE would be happier because they don’t bring black clouds into our lives. Thanks

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