The line of definition between life and non life is a fabrication of our own perception. Reality itself is life. We are conditioned to think that there is a difference between life and non life. There is not. Nature is life, reality is life. A chemical reacts to another chemical, an atom revolves around a nucleus. Reality is life, it does not require an ego.
The moment that one quark popped out of the universal wave function as a separate entity, and related to another, life began. It was the concept of recognition of separatness, itself, that developed conscienceness. That is why in the two slit experiment, the wave function collapses when it is recognized.