The Principles of My Life

Aaron - Galloway, Ohio
Entered on May 22, 2008
Age Group: Under 18

Through my brief sixteen years of life so far, I have formulated many of my own beliefs and morals in which I centralize all aspects of my life. Although most of my core values have remained unaltered, there are parts of life in which my outlook has changed over the years. My most trusted belief in which I try to remind myself of everyday is that life is a gift meant to be enjoyed. Too many people in today’s world are so wrapped up in all the troubles, conflicts, and stresses of life that they take hardly anytime out of their schedules to actually enjoy being alive. Taking time to relax and doing something that I truly enjoy makes me an overall happier and well-balanced person.

Another concept in which I try to form my life around is that life is short and I need to make the best of it while I’m here. Worrying about how your actions can directly affect your future is a positive thing, but only to a certain point. Occasionally I will do something that I never thought I could or should do before just to “spice things up” a bit. Participating in different and exciting activities is what makes life worth living. However I believe each person must assess their limits and risks and make sure there is not a chance that the activity has a real possibility of destroying their lives. People should take more risks and have more fun without preoccupying themselves with the paranoia of small risks.

My third and final principle of life is sort of popular and cliché. But I truly believe it has an excellent point to it. The principle is to live life instead of having life live you. This quote has guided me to live a much more truly satisfying life. Letting all the everyday conflicts restrict my quality of life would be a huge mistake. Taking time to truly live and enjoy life improves my ability to relax and lets me become more in-tune with my emotions. Overall, I just feel that the ability to truly have fun living on a regular basis is the main ingredient in the recipe for a satisfying life.