Oscar Wilde once said, "To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all." However, you should be one of the rare ones who actually lives their life to the fullest. In order to do that, here are a few questions you should ask yourself to figure out if you're already living your life, or if you're simply existing:
1. Are You Accomplishing Anything?
Think about your goals in life. When you wake up in the morning, do you have a list of things that you want to accomplish, or are you just trying to make it through the day? If you're going through a rough time, there's nothing wrong with focusing your energy on just making it until the next day. However, if things are going well for you, you need to set goals and accomplish them. They can be small things, like calling up an old friend or finishing the painting you were working on. It doesn't matter what you strive to accomplish, as long as you make each day worthwhile by doing something you deem important.
2. Are You Having Fun?
Life is meant to be enjoyed. It doesn't matter if you go out with your friends to have fun or if you watch movies on Netflix. It's just important to have something in your life, whether it's a TV show or a hobby, that makes you smile.
3. Do You Feel?
Do you get excited when things go your way and upset when things go wrong? Even when you feel negative emotions, it's healthy. You don't want to feel numb. If you do, then you need to find help, so that you can experience the joys of fully living again.
4. Are You Appreciative of What You Have?
Everyone on this planet, even the miserable ones, have something to be thankful for. You should appreciate what you have, even if it isn't a lot. That way, you'll enjoy each and every moment you have.
5. Do You Have Any Long-term Goals?
While it's important to accomplish little goals each day, you should also have long-term goals. For instance, you need to figure out what you want to do with your life in terms of a career. If you're in a serious relationship, then you should also think about where you two aim to find a house and how many children you'd like.
6. Do You do What You Want or What You're Told?
When you're young, there are certain things that you have to do, like go to school and certain doctor's appointments. However, once you hit college, you should stop doing what your parents want and start doing what you want. No, that doesn't mean you should rebel and do dangerous activities. It just means that you can't let your parents pick your major and decide your future. That's all up to you.
7. Do You Put in Effort to Enhance Your Life?
Your life isn't going to change unless you force it to change. That's why you won't feel like you're truly alive until you put in effort to enhance your life. Apply for a new job, make new friends, or try speed dating. Just do something to turn your luck around.
You shouldn't sit idly by while the world continues to turn. You need to actually put in the effort to make yourself happy, so you can feel like you're really living your life. After reading this list, is there anything in your life that you'd benefit from changing?