What Does It Mean “to Live” ?

by David · 15 comments

David Mansaray at the Grand Canyon

I’ll start by stating the obvious: “to live” is verb. That’s a simple, but important.

I highlight that “to live” is a verb because verbs – on a basic level – are words used to represent an action I.e to read, to eat, to sleep.

I think all the named verbs are easy to grasp, but to me the verb ‘to live’ seems more complex.

So I ask you to pause for a moment and think: what does it mean to live?

If we stick with the notion that verbs are used to represent actions, we can deduce that all verbs have a beginning Β and an end, right?

I mean, neither reading, eating or sleeping last forever, and neither do things that “live”, right? .

So it’s safe to take a leap and say that a verb is a type of experience.

Experience? I think I’m onto something. So ,”to live” means to experience?

But experience, what? Life, of course.

But how do we experience life?

I could say to experience life you have to “do something” – and I think that’s correct – but that doesn’t get to the heart of what I’m trying to express.

I’ve come to the simple conclusion that we experience life through our five senses; hearing, smell, touch, taste, and sight

It’s often said that the eyes are the windows to the soul, but what if I told you we each have four more windows?

That’s right, smell, touch taste, sight and hearing are all windows we can open for life to enter the soul.

“To live” means to experience life, and to truly experience life you have to open all your windows to the soul.

Smell some flowers, pick up a new sport, try new food, go to a museum or go to a concert.

I’m not sure what you’ll like, but I can tell you that if you want “to live” and not just be alive, then you have to do new things and let life to enter your soul through the windows we call our five senses.


  • N

    Beautiful and simple πŸ™‚ I would share another “window” I can see: to transform the unpleasant things that come to live in our minds through these experiences into constructive parts of ourselves; much like composting poop so it gives nice, sweet juicy fruits ;). Thank you for sharing this thoughts.

    • Hahahaha what a way to put it. I think you’re onto something πŸ˜‰

      • Bob


  • Lale

    Beautiful “let life enter your soul.”..And I love the photograph up at the top

  • Mark Ainsworth

    Very thought provoking! I must say, I have only recently come across your website and I think your ideas are truly inspiring. Giving someone a different view on something that they had not before thought of is a powerful way of provoking a positive change in attitude and they way they live their life. Thank you David, we’re always learning!

    • Thank you for such an encouraging comment. I’m glad you’ve found my writing thought provoking πŸ™‚

  • Nicely put! πŸ™‚ To me living is everything that makes the heart beat, the lungs fill up with air, the stomach growl and the skin sweat. As you said.. it is pure experience. πŸ™‚

  • Pandora

    I don’t know why I want to cry reading it. I’m in state where I feel my life has no meaning. As N said, it’s simple yet beautiful and deep. And most definitely positive!

  • anjalikorewad

    i liked it………………….

  • Anujin

    It’s so simple and i understood what i read ( my English is not very well πŸ™‚ ) and thanks for sharking this

  • Ueki

    What it means to be alive?
    Coz once you die everything’s gone forever, people says memories remain but nothing remains slowly memories fade away too your existence become denial. Once we die everything’s over, dreams are what we live for isn’t it once we die its over weather you’ve fulfilled it or not. The END.
    I don’t know what I’m looking for or trying to say?

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