This I Believe

Jack - Charlotte, North Carolina
Entered on September 21, 2006
Age Group: Under 18

From fast food to exercise gurus, many of our lives revolve around one thing. This thing can be different for everybody, but we make it so we eat, sleep, and think, just so we and do this one thing. In other words, we are “living to eat.”

I believe that people should “eat to live, and not live to eat.” But this doesn’t deal with the problems for the overweight and morbidly obese. We can all use this quote in our daily lives. I for instance, am always on the computer. Whether I am playing games, or doing my homework, I spend almost all my time at home on the computer. But if I wasn’t always on the computer I could be going outside and getting exercise, or doing my homework a different way than just typing it up. The point is that everyone can use this quote to better themselves. Even if it is just to cut down on eating fast food, or to not be working all the time.

Some people could even say that our country today is overweight, literally and metaphorically. After all, we are the fattest country in the world. But imagine how many baseball players would have done or be doing steroids if they didn’t let making money and being the best control them. They would just have fun and not care if they were the greatest, but only that they tried their best. What about kids who spend so much time doing homework and extra credit that they barely have time for a social life, or kids spending so much time playing video games that their grades decline and they start to get out of shape from lack of exercise?

But I’m not trying to get you to stop doing something. If you like coffee, but you drink too much, you should not quit completely, just do it in moderation. Try to limit yourself to just two cups of coffee a day or even one if you are feeling up for the challenge.

I believe that moderation is the key to success. You only live once, so you should not spend your life not doing something you like, or doing something you like so much that you miss out on everything else. Through moderation, we successfully negate ourselves from overloading, or starving from something that we like.