This I Believe

james - tonganoxie, Kansas
Entered on May 19, 2006
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: carpe diem, death
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I believe that life is short. I think of it as just one chance. You only get

one life, so live it out as much as you can as long as you can. If you live life

focusing on the details, then you will be miserable all your life, and you don’t

want that. What I learned by looking and being around my dad, working all day

everyday, he gets miserable from not doing anything he wants to do like working

on a car or some type of hobby. That’s some of the basics about how I live my


You should make the most of your life. Neither you nor I, or anyone else

knows when you’re going to pass on. If you think about it you could pass away

reading this essay. Some one could come out of nowhere and kill you easily and

are you ready for that? Like the story of anne frank-she was just a child when

she was taken to a labor camp and executed. Do you think she was ready?

Probably not because she probably didn’t live her life to the fullest and she

wasn’t happy there at the camps.

Do you think the men drafted to Vietnam wanted to be there? Some

probably did the majority probably didn’t like it at all; they most likely despised

it. They were fighting for the government; they didn’t like it. The drafted people

in the war probably wanted to accomplish more than what they did. They most

presumable wanted to do their hobbies, or new knowledge.

From myself I almost died at the age of six. I almost died by not waking

up from the surgery to remove my tonsils. So that’s why I live, or try to live

out, my life to the fullest. That’s why readers should try my theory of life,

because you don’t know when you are going to pass away (so why not have fun

till you pass away