Being awake means being aware of your situation.
The more you are awake, the more you realize about your situation.
If you are fully awake, you are able to realize and judge your situation from an external position (“on a meta level”).
With this in mind I need to say, I have long been not fully awake. I work and live day by day, but deal with my situation mostly on just the situational level: reacting to challenges, correcting errors, earning some money. But I am not always aware of the larger goal that all these steps should lead to, I’m not aware of the direction that my life currently has when looked upon from the outside. I am “just driving it straight on”. And I hate this state of being lulled into the societal system … if I do not feel really awake, I do not feel really alive.