This I Believe

Jason - Wayne, Pennsylvania
Entered on December 10, 2007
Age Group: 18 - 30

This I Believe

People live their lives from beginning to end without realizing what they are missing. Americans especially, who are always striving to get ahead in life. Gain as much material items as possible. Get as rich while working as little as possible. People always think material possessions will make them happy. If that is true, then how come there are so many unhappy people in America. People’s goal is to gain just one more dollar; that will always be their goal in life, just one more dollar. I believe that there is more to life than gaining material items.

My grandfather was not a rich man, he did not have a lot of money. He was a person who was always happy though. The reason is because he knew that there was more to life than just money and possessions. He knew that he had not wasted his life like a lot of the friends he had. He died a few years ago, but I remember even when he was on his death bed, he was still very happy and filled with joy.

Another Instance I saw of this, is when I went to the Dominican Republic a few years ago. The people I worked with were some of the poorest people in the world, but they were happier than a lot of Americans.

Do you ever notice how a lot of people, who are in their late years, are unhappy? Why they are always telling stories from when they were younger? It is because they are at the end of their life and they realize that they have wasted their life. They are telling stories to try to relive their youth for just a moment. Even the one’s who are rich and have a lot to show for their life, are like this because they know that when they die, they can’t take their money with them.

By the time people reach the end of their life, it’s too late and then is when they realize that they have already wasted it. It seems that the people who reach the end of their life and are satisfied with how they lived, are never rich. They have lived their life to the fullest and they are not afraid of death. Wealth does not satisfy a person’s life.