Martin Luther King Jr. gave an amazing speech about how to set up your life’s blueprint and how no matter how hard life is or how many times you failed you keep moving forward. In his speech he says “ Number one in your life’s blueprint should be a deep belief in your own dignity, your own worth and your own somebodiness. Don’t allow anybody to make you feel that you are nobody. Always feel that you count. Always feel that you have worth, and always feel that your life has ultimate significance.” I can relate to this because I would let people put me down and say nothing about it and people
These people will develop wisdom, even while facing death. Individuals who have not successfully finished this stage will feel much regret over a squandered life and will encounter numerous regrets. A person who feels this way will feel bitter and anguish (Cherry, 2015). According to Erik Erikson, “people who achieved positive outcomes to earlier life crises-for example, generativity rather than stagnation in middle adulthood-would be more likely to obtain ego integrity than despair in later adulthood” (Rathus, 2013). Next, body transcendence and geotranscendence is a stage in later adulthood years in which an individual must overcome the aging process and identify themselves by what his or her body is capable of doing (Peck,1968). Affect optimization in life review occurs when an individual is able to view life in a positive manner. People who successfully complete this stage are able to maintain a cheerful attitude about life, despite experiencing deteriorating health, seeing many loved ones die, and a limited amount
Hindsight is always 20/20. Too many times we see people fail to consider the consequences of their actions, then wish they could go back and stop themselves of ever doing what they did. We can see examples of this from Romeo, Juliet, Elaine, Holden, and others in each of their respective stories. If these characters considered either their short-term consequence, long term, or just were aware of their surroundings, they’d have lived much happier lives. Just take a second, observe what's happening, and think ahead of what might the outcome of your actions will be.
Today, I eat lunch with friends, I find comfort in my clubs, and sometimes, I fail. When I lived in Florida, I never had to cope with failure, as everything came to me easily. What I know now is that failure is an unavoidable aspect of life, and I know I’ll encounter it wherever I end up. When I moved up the East Coast, I learned how to face failure head on and accept that there are days when I can’t be perfect. But I am now able to learn from my failures and keep them in mind when moving
It's hard to imagine yourself ever being vulnerable, but everyone will face it at some point in their life some sooner than others. Benji Wilson was the number one basketball player in the country around the Michael Jordan era. Everyone in the community knew Benji they looked at him as he was the Messiah, or the ticket out of the hood. Benji faced is vulnerable moment way too young, when he was just 17 his life was cut short after being shot while walking home with his girlfriend one afternoon. After watching Benji his vulnerability and added pressers were exposed after becoming a young father, being labeled the messiah and hearing Billy Moore's side of the story.
Humans are creatures of habit. At a young age we develop routines, learn, and adapt to the environment in which we are presented. I would agree with the article “Change or Die,” written by Alan Deutschman, that change is essential and beneficial to improve the various aspects of an individual’s life. I believe that anyone is capable of change as long as they are given the tools and resources to do so. I have learned that more often than not experts will use the fear of death as an attempt to motivate people to change their lifestyle. I did not find it surprising that people respond better to new ideas when their emotional needs are addressed. This approach promotes a willing life transformation for the individual as opposed to being scared
Life is a series of brick walls that vary in height and strength. Randy Pausch realized that these walls are not to keep people out, but instead they’re there to see who wants in bad enough. When you don’t want it bad enough, it’s pretty obvious that you’re not getting past the wall. But if you work hard towards your goal, or childhood dream, there’s a big chance that you’ll be happy. Maybe you won’t do exactly what you wanted, like play in the NFL, but to fulfil the fundamentals of that dream can be just as rewarding. Pausch wanted to be different when he wrote his Last Lecture, so instead of writing about dying, he wrote about living. And in order to live, there are some guidelines to ensure happiness and contentment. Looking into this book,
Life can suck at times. People can be stretched every direction and feel as if they are being beat on. There are times when people feel physically and emotionally worn out to the point where they want to give up. However, when those people continue to stay strong and fight, they accomplish amazing things and learn more than they could have ever imagined. Truth is, everybody will face trials in life, but it’s how people react to them that makes a difference.
Even if we are young or old, we shouldn’t focus on death but instead our actions should be based off happiness. If we have happiness we have everything but if that is absent, then all our actions should be directed to attaining it (Epicurus,
All too often we let life’s failures control us. It starts in childhood, and in my experience, people have two general responses to failure: 1. Give in and accept that you are “a failure”, or 2. Work harder to prove (if not only to yourself) that you are NOT a failure. The problem with these human reactions is that both of them can be dangerous to us in the long run. An example of the first response is a young girl who tries out for the cheerleading squad; she is nervous, and does not do well. Instead of trying again, she listens to the harsh criticisms of the other girls, and the critiques that were given by the judges, and she decides that cheerleading is just not for her. She could have succeeded, in fact, she could have been one of the
Morrie believes If people can accept death than they can learn how to live and get more involved with others. “Everyone knows they’re going to die … but nobody believes it. If we did, than we would do things differently.” (albom 81). I feel like a lot of people are afraid of death and kind of let it control their lives but maybe if they can accept it than they could do more things with their lives.
Everyone experiences adversity. Challenges that everyday people experience can potentially shape, improve, or destroy one's sense of self and personality. Through all these hardships and seemingly impenetrable obstacles, the most pertinent component of one's ability to overcome can only be shown in actions taken despite the odds. People have one of two options; to let those obstacles overwhelm them and keep them from pursuing all that they were destined to accomplish, or to march forward, fight harder and push past the seemingly impossible circumstances to become greater than they ever expected to be, but until they take the step that enables them to be successful -- they are stranded. All of our actions, mistakes, successes, and behaviors shape our person and what we can or cannot become, but what will always matter is our individual decisions and actions not those of the people around us because at the end of the day, we are the ones who have to deal with ourselves.
In, “This Too Is Life”, the author, Lu Hsun, writes about his thoughts on life and its values as he is dying of illness. Hsun first explains the duality of exhaustion and rest, the fearfulness of exhaustion and not being able what you have to do as you have already done too much. The fear of missing out on the active, productive parts or life where you feel like you are truly living, coupled at the same time with the blissfulness of rest and simply doing nothing and having nothing to do, experiencing the comforts of idleness. In these moments of inactivity, it is easy to feel as if one is not really living life, that life has no purpose if one is not being productive. But, what Hsun is trying to express