Life is a characteristic that distinguishes objects that have signalling and self-sustaining processes from those that do not, either because such functions have ceased (death), or else because they lack such functions and are classified as inanimate. This is the dictionary definition of the small 4 letter and yet incomprehensible word called LIFE.  Intriguing, isn’t it?

However, it is not as simple or as complicated as the definition states. It is a journey, a journey of tears and smiles, of breath-taking moments and crude shocks, of successes and failures, of happiness and pain, of all the emotions that can be experienced. And thus life is a long beautiful journey and to sum up a journey in a few words would be disregarding all the moments that is gave, the cherished and the forgotten.

In reality, there exists no definition for LIFE. It defines itself by the moment, changing its meaning with time and every time we can interpret it in a whole new way.  Let me explain.  Imagine that you appeared for the civil services examination.  The moment just before the declaration of result, life for you  is a measure of uncertainty, the moment when all your hard work and toil, late night studies, and brainstorming sessions, the sacrifices you and your family made is going to be evaluated. Now, for a person who has cleared the examination, the meaning of life at the moment is success and joy. He loves his life. While, on the other hand, for a person who fails, life Is a picture of sadness, depression.  He could even contemplate ending it. Life has suddenly changed meaning within a split second. Now, imagine roaming the countryside besides the fields or travelling in the mountains, feeling the whiff of the fresh air on your face or walking in the wild. One feels surreal and alive as if extracting your energy from the nature.  Life then is nature. Sitting and remembering past, the times that were, and life is nostalgia. Moments define life and life defines the moment.

Another aspect of life is memories. The good, the bad, the ugly all of them. Memories are what life is made of.  And so as you move forward in the journey, the memories you collect hold on to you, keeping you in good stead and count as experience. In actuality, life is all you have. Money and health is a necessity but temporary. As said by Henry Thoreau “The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” So, for once in life follow your heart even if the whole world stands against it and win or lose, the satisfaction is priceless.

William Wallace when asked the difference between life and death said “Every man dies but every man doesn’t live”. And thus, when you stand at the point of your end and you look back at your life, there will be happy memories and sad ones. There will be priceless moments and regrets. And, in the end, if you can go satisfied and content, you have had a life worth living for you have lived and you have won.

Aayush Agarwal

I am a 3rd yr ECE student at VIT. Love following sports, writing, sketching, cooking and photography. Always up for a nice conversation/ discussion intellectual or nonsensical.

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