to exist is to fulfill only the basic needs of survival while avoiding the positive and negative provocations of the world. to live is to seek out those provocations, and to allow ones self to pass through them and take with him/or her lessons and memories thus enriching ones existence and allowing it to blossom into a life full of experiences, both good and bad.
Existing is being on the planet without truly being a part of natural civilization while living is breathing, working and playing and being involved in a community. If you want another definition, people who write books got bored with saying living and thought it would be good to change it to a word with an X in it.
Living is growing everyday & learning from our mistakes. appreciating our loved ones & the world around us. Knowing that we don't know when our last days on earth will be so enjoy it, do what you can to make others happy & you will find happiness in that! Existing is doing none of this, I understand it to be what ppl going through depression are doing ....existing, it must be a very hard thing, very sad. Also what happens to the elderly in nursing homes.
I think the biggest distinction between living and existing comes from how much control you have over life decisions. Where do you see control coming from? In general, someone who exists feels as if everything is outside of their control while someone living knows they determine the path their life takes. Emotions have a big role to play in this. Someone who exists lets emotions such as fear and anger dictate what they can and can’t do. Someone who is living understands those emotions, controls them and doesn’t let them interfere with their decisions. Someone who exists would stay in the same dead-end job for years despite being unsatisfied and unhappy. Their fears have trapped them and they have no plans of getting out. They’ve lost hope and just mindlessly go through the day in order to maintain the status quo. But it goes much further than a job and paycheck. Someone who lets their fears control them won’t take other actions that would improve their life. They stay in relationships they don’t like, don’t do things on their bucket list and always put their dreams on hold.