Many people believe that philosophy is not related to life. They see it as an obscure intellectual activity in which professors solve problems which ordinary people do not recognize as problems at all, and do not understand when presented with them.
Part of this disconnection is undoubtedly the fault of philosophers, and the academy more generally. Part of it is also unavoidable. There are large areas of philosophy, particularly in the mathematical analytic tradition, which have very little to do with everyday life and are barely comprehensible to people outside the field. At the same time, many American and British philosophy departments in universities do not recognize continental philosophy as an important area for study, so philosophical ideas like existentialism, which are applicable to every day life, are neglected in the academy.
With all this said, there are many philosophical fields and traditions which are directly applicable to life, and without which life is arguably much poorer and less meaningful. This is true all over the world. In fact, Chinese and Indian philosophy have never been separated from more simple "wisdom literature" in the way that has occurred in the West, and have therefore been more central to their respective cultures. Even in the West, the tradition of philosophy as an exploration of how to live goes back millennia. Socrates was probably its greatest early exponent. Plato and Aristotle both have much to say on how one ought to behave and what one ought to value. The great schools of Stoicism and Epicureanism offer systems of thought and action for a life as useful, enjoyable and painless as possible.
Socrates said that the unexamined life is not worth living, an ambitious claim for the vital importance of philosophy in life. One might think of an analogy appropriate to our mechanized age, by imagining a sleek, shiny, obviously complex machine. You are presented with this machine, which could scarcely fail to impress anyone, and all your family and friends admire its splendor. You give it pride of place in your house. It cannot, surely, be long before you ask the most obvious question: what does the machine do? What is it for? The machine, of course, is your life. The purpose of philosophy is to tell you, or help you decide, what it is for.