What is life, honestly?

Okay, so there are plenty of scientific answers for what life is. Beating heart. Brain activity. The little things that keep people who look dead from being buried alive. Seriously, it’s freaky. There’s a reason they put bells over graves long ago, so if someone happened to wake up they could pull it. Ever wonder where the term ‘saved by the bell’ came from?

Now you know.

At least, that’s my favorite version of where the term came from.

Historical accuracy aside, I’m not actually here to talk about the breathing aspect of living. The mental, physiological aspect is far more interesting.

Such as… what is life really? What does it compare too?

what is life honestly

I view my life as a great war, with temptations and doubts and fears to face while comrades fight at my side. There is good and there is bad. There are periods of peace, yes, but they are lulls only. There’s always another enemy; another fight. And, in the end, there will be victory and lasting peace.

Until then, I’m a warrior of sorts, battling my way through life.

The problem is that not everyone views life this way.

I’ll be chatting with friends and talking to them about ‘winning’ and ‘fighting’ and they’re like ‘um, Hope. Life isn’t a war.’

*cue me staring in shock for several hours, reevaluating life and wondering how I can communicate with this… thing who views life so different from me* By the time I figure it out, they’ve long given up on me and are on to other topics.

In all honesty though, everyone does view life in different manners. Perhaps it’s a riddle; a mist one is walking through that will be laid out in a perfect pattern once you reach the end. Maybe it’s a journey with mountains and valley’s, forests and deserts. Maybe it’s a great game that means nothing and everyone is only a piece on someone else’s board (okay, so that’s a point of view for a villain or someone with a positive arc. Or negative arc. Don’t think that, please).

Maybe life is a quest. A duty. An exciting ride. A tapestry. A maze.

To be quite frank with you all, I’m 87% sure I wrote an article about this months back concerning characters and how to use this to help deepen and figure them out. But writing aside, it’s a helpful aspect to getting through life.

Least, it’s an interesting fact when trying to figure yourself out.

Or… it’s cool anyway. Don’t try to deny it.

Because once you know how you view life, you’re then able to project that forward and use it as a mental tool while going through struggles. View life as a battle? Buckle on your armor, grab your sword, and attack that doubt or trial with every bit of logic and faith you have. View life as a riddle? Don’t worry about every detail because you know you’ll discover the answer eventually. Instead, focus on what you can do here and now. View life as a journey? Keep your end in focus and make sure each path leads in that direction.

Because the end will be glorious, be it victory or an answer or a home. And if you know your method of viewing and dealing with life, you are that much better to throw yourself into and win.


I mean get to whatever that final… end is.

What do you view life as? (Also, does anyone remember if I actually did write an article about character development on this, because I don’t and now it’s bugging me).

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  1. I see life as both a war and a journey.

  2. Mostly a war. I do want to view and enjoy more as a journey though, but it’s something I have to conscientiously remind myself.

    • (And I just thought of this, maybe it has something to do with our personalities and how we think/react to various situations in life… I’m more of a thinker, so I prioritize thinking logically and viewing things as right and wrong and win and loose…)

  3. 4 prerequisites for something to be considered life:

    1. Has deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)

    2. Reproduces

    3. Absorbs energy from surroundings

    4. Has some kind of sense or senses in any form

  4. Journey and war, But it’s also a race. 😉

  5. Nope, I don’t remember. But now you’re making me wonder how I view life because usually I’m spending all my time trying to figure out how my characters do. For character voices 😉

  6. I view life as a game that everyone will lose. Death is of course, how one loses. However you don’t need to win to have fun with the game

    Regardless of how one views it, life will always just be whatever you make of it.

    But I’m just a high schooler, what do I know?

    • That’s one way to view it. 😉 Though, as with any game, there is always something beyond it as well even if all the pieces can’t see it or see it fully.

  7. As an author, I tend to view my life as a book. God holds the pen to my story, and sometimes, there’s battles, journeys, cliff hangers, subplots, short chapters and long ones, and at the end, I KNOW it will have a happily ever after when I meet the author and finisher of my faith.

  8. I see life as a Story. God is the writer and we are his characters. I’ve been thinking about how there is only one Hero. And that people are not basically good, because if we were, we wouldn’t need a Hero.

  9. Life is a vapor. Whether you like it or not, it ends eventually. Are you ready? Do you know what lies after death. I do. I can help you find that. 😁

  10. Oh yeah! I also see life as a story. But then, stories, wars, and journeys aren’t mutually exclusive, are they? Some journeys are often fraught with wars – and maybe some wars are journeys – and story is all about wars and journeys. Story is about the war between good and evil, and about a character’s journey through the war of good vs. evil.

    Then there’s the Bible verse “To live is Christ and to die is gain,” and Jesus is God in the flesh, and God is love, and life is about His love. So, life is the story of God’s love for us, our journey to find Him, and the war that either strengthens or destroys us.

  11. I like to think of life as a game because it kind of makes it seem less… difficult. In a game there are rules, players, and fun challenges that make it easier or harder to play. Besides, games are fun and thinking of life as a war, or a quest, or a journey makes it all seem so… serious.

  12. To me, life is a deepening relationship with God, others and myself. A moving from the outside to the inside.

  13. I read and see that a lot of you hear have some wonderful, profound responses!

    Here’s a quote I came across recently (the book is actually quite good as well), that’s relevant to our discussion here.

    “The Iliad is only great because all life is a battle, The Odyssey because all life is a journey, The Book of Job because all life is a riddle.”
    ― G. K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare

  14. *typo: “here” not “hear”
    Unfortunately I just found out that I can’t edit these comments… 😛

  15. I don’t know if any of you here used Life of Fred: Statistics for AP Stats, but I recall a part from the book that goes something like this (not word for word, since I can’t find the book right now and it’s been a few years since I read it):

    Life is a stage. We are the actors. [Obviously from Shakespeare here.] God is the Director, and He guides us as to what we should do on the stage. Sometimes we wish that God would just tell us “This is what you should do right now…” Although He does not, He does give us guidance. Sometimes we make mistakes, but that’s actually okay – because those who recognize Who He Is and what He did for us will all join together in one big, long, fun party after the play ends… 🙂

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