I witnessed many times how transformative and fulfilling switching from a survival mode of living to a more authentic life, one tailored to someone's uniqueness, needs, passions and dreams can be 

Living on the survival mode is dragging yourself through the day, feeling depleted, missing the vital energy, following external rules and motivation, just trying to avoid danger and stay alive and not having enough courage or energy to strive for better things.

Stepping into the journey of self-awareness, (re)discovering your core values and potential is the way of taking control over your own life and creatively redesign it accordingly.