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To Live Is the Rarest Thing in the World. Most People Just Exist - Oscar Wilde

To Live Is the Rarest Thing in the World. Most People Just Exist – Oscar Wilde

Do you ever find yourself doing something and after a while, you can’t quite remember what you just did? Or do you ever walk around so immersed in your thoughts that you don’t realize what’s going on around you?

Most of us go about our days as per usual – we run on automatic. We do things that need to be done, without thinking much of it. But at one point you’ll stop and realize that you have no idea what you’re doing most of the time – your mind is so busy that it doesn’t know what’s going on.

The other day I was out on a walk, and only about half an hour later did I realize that I hadn’t paid any attention to my surroundings. I had walked down the same old path that I have been down hundreds of times already, I know it by heart and could surely walk it blindfolded. My mind was so lost in thoughts, but I don’t really know what they were about. I realized that I was here physically but I wasn’t present. I was existing but I wasn’t living.

Life is all about the stuff within you and around you. Life is seeing and smelling the flowers; being blinded by the warming morning sun; listening to cheerful birds chirping; looking at someone and feeling that immense love that you do for other beings.

And yet, we forget these things. We go about our days on automatic, losing out on all the beauty that lives in a day. But life isn’t just about existing and doing all the stuff that we need to do. Life is about being present, here and now, seeing and enjoying all the little details that make life so beautiful. So watch out for getting stuck in the wheel of existence, and make sure you jump on the train of life.

To Live Is the Rarest Thing in the World. Most People Just Exist – Oscar Wilde
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About Johanna Rosberg

For years, I have lived by the rule that nothing is too big or too scary to do; anything that anyone else can do, I can do, too. And now, since about a year back, I have decided to make it my life mission to make you understand your abilities and your strengths, to help you live the life you've always dreamed of. It's time we take over that steering wheel of life! It's time we start living our lives and not just waiting for "other stuff" to happen! Join me in my journey, and please, share yours with me over at www.johannarosberg.wordpress.com


  1. Creatures of habit we often for invisible patterns that serve as a blue print for our day. I love that you have called up out on our mundane ways and challenge your readers to take note of the uniqueness and beauty that is all around. Very pleasant post!

  2. This is the saddest truth…

  3. Very nice post. I have never been so immersed in my thoughts, that I lost track of my surroundings. i have seen other people engrossed in their own thoughts. Now I have to point out that there is two ways of being engrossed. One is getting bogged down by problems and thoughts losing track of surroundings. Other is applying ones mind to a problem in such a laser focus manner, that rest of the world vanishes. Many professional performers and athletes block out surrounding noise and focus on their performance. In the indian epic Mahabharata prince Arjuna, an accomplished archer, was asked to focus on the eye of a bird. His teacher, guru, asked what are you seeing. Arjuna said only the eye. Other pupils who did not have as much ability to focus, were seeing surrounding, some seeing whole body of the bird, only Arjuna was seeing the eye of the bird.

  4. I missed your main point. Yes we move on in life like an automaton. We get bogged down by our problems and forget to live in the moment. I think key to living life is to be in the present.

    • Thanks for your input, Abhijit! Staying present is definitely the key! Focus is also a key of importance when it comes to making your present into what you wish for it to be.

  5. I know it’s cornet to say but I do feel that it’s no coincidence or mistake that the word present has two meanings: (1) this moment, and (2) a gift. Grateful for your reminder to live in constant recognition and appreciation of all that I have been privileged to see and experience. Today I’ll be extra conscious of my surroundings, as a result of taking the time to read your experience, strength and hope. Thanks!

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