Question of the Day – No. 317 What is the difference between “living” and “surviving”? Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrMoreLinkedInRedditPinterestPocketTelegramWhatsAppSkypeEmailLike this:Like Loading... 52 thoughts on “Question of the Day – No. 317” Add yours Living is feeling, experiencing, pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, whereas surviving, is just that. It’s doing the basic tasks, staying within your comfort zone, Hiding behind emotional walls & letting fear control your choices, making it easier to say no & doing the same thing every day for 80 years and calling it a life. LikeLiked by 5 people Reply Yes, that’s true! If you look around, how many people seem like living and how many seem like surviving? LikeLike Reply Living is feeling like you can afford the extras — buying something you want rather than something you need, going to a movie, taking a trip home to see family. Surviving is feeling like you can barely buy groceries after you pay bills. It’s feeling guilty if you spend money of something extra like a candy bar to split with your son. It’s looking in the cupboard and wondering if you’re going to make it to the next payday. LikeLiked by 6 people Reply So would you say that the difference is the amount of money one has? LikeLike Reply In my opinion, yes. Also, if you’re giving up things like medical care or a trip to the dentist for something fairly serious, like teeth that are literally crumbling and falling apart, because you need to feed your family, you are only surviving, and barely at that. These are personal examples from my own life. I can’t afford insurance, and even if I had insurance I couldn’t afford the co-pay or the deductible, so I have to give up on these basic human needs so I can take care of the lower basic needs like food and shelter. LikeLiked by 1 person You can’t have one without the other. LikeLiked by 6 people Reply If we think about it literally, yes, you’re right 🙂 LikeLike Reply I think living is also enjoying and experiencing life, while surviving is just staying alive….We all need to live our life and not just surviving as unfortunately we only have one 💕 LikeLiked by 6 people Reply True! In your opinion, what changes can we make in our lives so we can live more? LikeLike Reply You live happy and die thankfully. 💕💕💕💕 LikeLiked by 3 people Reply That would be the plan 😀 LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Surviving is merely eat,sleep,breathe. No flavor. No change. Living is eating, sleeping, and breathing and doing things to make you feel alive like being a parent, a good job, travel…etc. LikeLiked by 4 people Reply I hope you feel alive every moment of every day! LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Thank you! I’m working on it 🙂 LikeLiked by 1 person Living is being able to do what you WANT to do. Surviving is doing the things needed to be done so you can remain alive. You know, eating, working, sleeping, etc only because we HAVE TO do them. LikeLiked by 2 people Reply What has the power to enable us to do what we want so we can live? LikeLike Reply That power lies with us. LikeLiked by 1 person Living means you have a purpose and a passion. LikeLiked by 3 people Reply Very interesting! I hope you have found yours 😀 LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Yes! ☀️ LikeLiked by 2 people Living is everyday life. Surving is overcoming something. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply What if everyday you try to overcome something? LikeLike Reply Reblogging this to my readers at sister site Timeless Wisdoms LikeLiked by 1 person Reply 😀 ❤ LikeLike Reply 😊 LikeLiked by 1 person Pingback: Question of the Day – No. 317 – Timeless Wisdoms Surviving is having the bare minimum. Scraping by using whatever means necessary. Overcoming hardship and trauma. This can be financial, abuse, catastrophe, so many different things. Living is further up on the scale. It’s beyond survival. It’s creature comforts and first world problems. LikeLiked by 2 people Reply In your opinion, how can one from the first category climb up to the second one? LikeLike Reply It depends on why you’re in the first category. If it’s financial, then money. If it’s trauma, then stability and healing. Abuse, then leaving the situation (or being able to leave, and then moving into stability and healing). Stability is a big part of all of it really. What it takes to get that stability changes depending on the circumstances. LikeLiked by 1 person Surviving gives you a sense of purpose; a goal. I haven’t figured out living yet, I appreciate reading these posts though:) LikeLiked by 2 people Reply Very interesting! So surviving is a goal itself whilst living goes beyond that? LikeLike Reply Well, when in a survival situation, morality and comfort take a backseat to need; you know what it is you have to do. Living is different, it allows one to question the reason for surviving, it allows one to create a new environment for themselves. (Socially, and physically) living is well beyond my understanding. Living must be that thing that helps us evolve as a species.? (I feel like I am trying to be smarter than I am. It’s ok to laugh) what do you think? I could use a lesson 😊 LikeLiked by 1 person I cannot offer lessons since I’m still a learner. But you have some point here. When our surviving is threatened, people tend to “bypass” morality (that’s why there are so many robberies and crimes in the world). I’m not sure what living really is. One day I feel I’m living and the next day I can feel I’m surviving. The difference between the two days is only my own perspective… LikeLiked by 1 person Living is going through the motions of life: eating, drinking, working, sex; Surviving is the drive it takes to live, it’s the motivation, the gumption to get things done, to get up when you don’t want to. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Interesting perspective! What happens when someone lacks one of the two? LikeLike Reply Living is making the most out of each day; finding joy in the not so good days. Surviving is convincing yourself to get out of bed every day and do it all over again. Lacking the desire to grow. LikeLiked by 2 people Reply If you think about your life, how does it look like based on this description? LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Pretty good LikeLiked by 1 person Living is choosing happiness despite everything hitting your base, surviving is getting by and having the strength to wake up every morning despite depression LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Would you say that depression is the biggest difference between living and surviving? LikeLike Reply Personal opinion yes , depression is surviving everyday is a battle LikeLiked by 1 person Good question But I think most of people have given the answer. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply So you think surviving is bare minimum and living is enjoying life? LikeLike Reply Yeah LikeLiked by 1 person Surviving=drinking water Living=enjoying a Jameson LikeLiked by 2 people Reply Niiice! In this case, I hope you live a lot 😀 LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Living is like regular basis in life surviving is when u tried utmost for something or for yourself in life LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Awesome! What makes you try to survive? LikeLike Reply Hard work and passion overcomes anything and help me to survive . LikeLiked by 1 person I guess that surviving is nothing wrong, but living adds that sparkle, which matches with having a purpose, loving what you do, following a dream or a project, finding daily joy in the tiny pieces composing our big picture. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Nicely put! In the end, the little pieces is what our life is made of. LikeLike Reply Pingback: Living VS Surviving – Melanie Bisson Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. 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