This Is How You Truly Live

There are too many people merely existing. They are just breathing bodies that go through the motions of the humdrum of everyday life, but they are not truly living. They’re not enjoying life. They stopped living before their hearts stopped beating.

Throughout the years, I have learned that living a meaningful life has nothing to do with how much money you make or the materialistic things that you possess. It has nothing to do with having the perfect body or being exceptionally beautiful.

To truly live life to the fullest, you need to start with appreciating everything that you are. Live your life being aware of all your imperfections but still loving yourself. Understand that those imperfections are part of who you are. Know that you don’t need to change anything about yourself to impress others. Understand that you may far from perfect but you are unique, because there’s only one you. To truly live is to be happy with the person that matters the most: you.

To truly live is to do everything that excites you. In order to truly live, you need to do what makes your heart happy. You need to do whatever it is you want to do (within reason—don’t go breaking the law or anything).

To truly live means to live in the moment and not waste your time dwelling on the past. Don’t dwindle on the “what if’s.” Living is about letting go of what has happened in the past and focusing on what you can do right now to have a better future.

To truly live means to appreciate everything around you. Take time to watch the sunrise, listen to the rain, play with the snow, or lie down on the grass and watch the clouds ease across the blue sky. When you truly live, you surrender yourself to the enchanting nature.

To truly live is to know how to control your emotions but also not to deny them. Accept that sometimes you will cry for no reason and that you will feel sadness and pain. Let your emotions flow within yourself. Letting yourself feel so you can heal is all part of truly living.

To truly live is to appreciate every moment. To find awesomeness and surprises in every day you live. Do your best in anything you do. Get up every day and try to make the best of it, because you don’t know if you’ll be here tomorrow. To truly live is to appreciate every millisecond of your life.

To truly live is to spend time with friends and loved ones, to surround yourself with those that make you feel good and inspire you to do and be better.

To truly live is to do everything that you dream about. Make sure you chase your dreams and accomplish them. Never give up until you succeed. To truly live is to follow the direction you want to take in life. Build your own path and create your own destiny.

To truly live is to see the good in the bad and understanding that good things will soon come. Know that not everything will be as you want, because life is never perfect. Deal with what is happening in your life, accept it, and try to make the best out of every situation.

To truly live is to be selfless. Being selfless is being kind and respectful to others, buying lunch for the person in line behind you, and writing letters to those close to you to let them know how much they mean to you. It’s when you compliment a stranger. It’s when you do one selfless act, big or small, every day.

To truly live is to try to make a difference in the world.

To truly live is to do things that make you feel alive, to feed happiness to your soul, and to bring meaning to your life. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

A writer writing love, life and her cancer journey.💚

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