The life I live is just like any other person who lives within the middle class. I’ve experienced times in my life where I didn’t have enough money, but there has also been occasions when I did. It is very common in my home to hear every couple of months, “We don’t have enough money, we need to save.”
Life isn’t always easy, but it’s beautiful in the end. Life begins differently for everyone. We can be born into the best or the worst situations, or any combination of both. These experiences will shape us for the future and help us grow. My life hasn’t always been filled with the best experiences, but they have been what has allowed me to grow and become a stronger person. Through all of the tough times, I have been shown so much love and support by some of my friends and family, but most of all through my faith. At some moments that life throws at you, you may begin to question God, but if you stay strong and hold on to your beliefs you’ll get through it.
Lying in bed as I drift off to sleep, I lay and think about what a blessed life that I am living. Dark candle lit room, marshmallow fireside scent, with light creeping under the door as my roommates are still awake out in the living room of our modestly sized apartment. I listen to my fan and tune out their voices and I call to mind the stories my parents have told that have molded me and my brother into the men we have become. Thanks to them I am able to live the comfortable lifestyle that I have and am fortunate enough to attend college at a wonderful university that I otherwise would not be able to afford. I relay so many experiences in my head each night before bed almost as if they happened yesterday.
Life puts obstacles in our way, it’s up to us to get passed them. I think my biggest complaint is “That’s not fair” as my mom always tells me “Life’s not fair”. Life isn’t the greatest but it’s up to oneself to make the best out of it. I complain a lot about how unfair life is with me, I’ve had personal events happen that I wouldn’t wish upon anyone. I lost my grandpa when I was twelve, my grandma is in and out of the hospital for medical reasons. I grew up with my grandma and grandpa due to the fact my mom was always working or to busy too be around when I was younger. My older sister and I always fought and hated being around each other, I was bullied since the third grade for being “fatter” than everyone else. My father walked out of my life without caring. My father named his other child exactly like me knowing about me. Due to all these situations, I began to care less and less about life, my education, the ways it affected my family, and the way it would affect my future.
Growing up, my family has always been there to provide for me. Now, I am in college away from the nest but never far enough that I still cannot fly back home. A year or so after graduation, I expect to be living on my own, without the protective wing of my parents overshadowing me. In order for me to achieve this freedom, I will need a steady job and a place to live. Simple! However, for me to achieve a happy life on my own, I will need to do a lot more than just make a living. Achieving happiness and contentment in life is not easy; the steps needed to cultivate joy in my life that are found in the paragraphs below are going to be hard but worth it. I would like to ensure happiness in the future by keeping my body in the best physical condition possible, working at a job that brings me joy, and loving a woman with all of my heart.
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, life is the sequence of physical and mental experiences that make up the existence of an individual. While the definition is technically correct, life is a force so complex that it cannot be governed by technicality and should be’s. Life is a journey that people embark upon because they are on a quest to discover the answer to their questions. The routes they take are determined by the question they are trying to answer. Many people spend their lives trying to answer the question, “What is life?’. In a way, this is a waste of time because “What is life?” is not the important question. Many people fail to realize that they never answer “What is life?” because they inadvertently gather evidence and conduct research to answer “What do I want in life?”. One’s answer to this question becomes his or her compass. The direction the person travels next depends on if he or she thinks that that road will result in him or her obtaining what he or she wants. The journey may seem obstacle-ridden and problematic; however, the true problem arises when one is at the crossroads of obtaining what he or she wants. Paradise Lost’s Eve proves that if one’s wants are the product of greed, he or she will suffer a great fall and end up with nothing; The Flea’s love interest proves that if one’s want is the result of wanting better for oneself, then he or she will simply experience an opportunity cost.
Many mammals may know a lot about life, but many don’t live their lives to the fullest. If they did, many people would change how they do things. In the 1900’s there was a man named Morrie Schwartz, who suffered through ALS, which is a disease that slowly weakens the body. While he was slowly dying, he wanted people around the world to know to live their lives to the fullest so they don’t have regrets later on when they are close to dying. In the memoir, Tuesday with Morrie, Morrie teaches people to live life through accepting death, not being afraid of aging, and valuing money less.
I have been wanting to write about something that has been very close to my heart lately, but I have been struggling with how to put it into words. I have always been a lover of this life and enthusiastic, but even at times, I need to be reminded that it is up to me to make the choice to love my life. Joy, happiness, enthusiasm, gratitude, and all these wonderful characteristics of life are simply choices. It is your choice if you are going to truly and genuinely enjoy your life. You could have absolutely nothing, but with the right attitude, you have everything.
During life certain emotions are expressed and the importance of them can determine whether life is short so, you must be thankful for everything you have and thank God, for every breath you take. I believe my faith has helped me grow into the person xI am today. As long as I have family, God and self-respect I believe I will have a great life.
As an young boy you never really think about how your life can completely change forever. For me my childhood was filled with legos and beach days and eating all the junk food I could imagine. My young, sweet life was great. That’s it. Just great. I never really thought it would change into something that I would forever be stuck with. Something that would screw up my daily routine, my habits and hobbies, and most of all, my junk food. Type one Diabetes would attach its disgusting self to me and in my boyhood mind, ruin my life forever. I was just an eleven year old sixth grader. Too young to realize that my condition could change my life in a good way.
In Forty-five years, the activity theory, filial responsibility, wisdom, and retirement will play a major role in the success of my aging process. These factors contribute to my central source of meaning which is healthy aging. Furthermore, improving various areas of my life as well as maintaining many aspects of my current personality is key to prolonging my status as an active person in society. Consequently, my plans require goal setting and reflections pertaining to my daily habits.
Crouched under a mango tree trying to find shade from the scorching sun as sweat drips from my head to my feet, sizzling as it hits the ground.The temperature rises day by day in the summer I pray for rain to fall, looking at the stray animals on the streets in thirst for water. I stare off into distance of barren acres of land, touching the dry cracked soil and seeing lifeless crops die due to the boiling heat that I needed to take care of. As a young boy living in the rural areas of India in a middle class family everyone was taught at a young age to start working. Even though, I was the third child out of my four sibling it didn’t stop my parents from making me work out in the fields. It was tough having to do manual labor like doing field work to feeding and taking care of the animals everyday. As the roosters crow I wake up immediately and lay out my school uniform and shower, I comb my hair slicked back, put on my shoes and run off to school with my friends. I stopped going to school until the 10th grade because back in the day my parents wouldn't care that much about education like nowadays. It was more about harvesting corn in the summer to planting seeds in the winter. When I was around 20 years old my two older siblings got married and my family decided it was my turn. But my father tried to help me do something in life first rather than sit at home and drink or smoke so he opened a pharmacy but
We always tend to question ourselves as we reach adulthood- Am I going to be successful? Have I even changed since being a child? Am I really who I think I am? From the moment we entered the world to the day we die, there is a small portion of adolescence where we experience who we really are and what even makes us that way. Although, as a nineteen year old lady, I still have growing to do; I have made discoveries that really explain why I am the person I present myself to be and why others would agree. Today I define myself as being independent, honest, and a psychology major.
Many experiences through my life have shaped me into the person I am today. Some of them are so insignificant I can't even place them, but others I will remember until I take my very last breath. I will never forget what happened to my family and I since the time my grandmother was diagnosed with cancer. Because my grandmother had cancer for a good portion of my childhood, I became very mature, gained a new respect for people, and I have developed a new outlook on life. My grandmothers diagnosis made her very special to me.
Life has a funny way of turning your world upside down. Everything can change in the blink of an eye and never be the same again. People take things for granite but never realize what they have until it is gone. However, I first handedly have experienced what it is like to almost lose the most important thing in my life.