I have isolated what I think we need to survive to be time and matter. Time really is why everything exists and why changes take place, matter is simply what changes. If you want to interpretate matter as energy, go right ahead as they could actually be the same thing as they are interchangeable and can be observed as the same.
Im looking at lots of different things right now to help me come up with some thought as Ill have to work on a freeze-frame of something in motion. Here are some pictures I find useful.