This I Believe

Brittany - Jacksonville, Arkansas
Entered on December 11, 2006
Age Group: 18 - 30
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Some Work, Some Play

I believe that people shouldn’t take life too seriously. This is because living life to the fullest doesn’t include being serious and boring most of the time. I believe in the quote “never take life too seriously; after all, no on gets out alive. All work, no play is a ridiculous outlook on life because working all the time causes stress. Stress leads to heart problems. Heart problems may lead to death. Work is not worth dying over, so it’s necessary to have a little fun. Going out and having a good time with or without friends is imperative to a true state of sanity. Workaholics always seem to have a chemical imbalance in their brains. They run around stressed out, drinking coffee, and popping No-Doz, just to do a bunch of work that doesn’t matter once they’re in the dirt. So why not enjoy life, by screaming until you’re hoarse on roller coasters? Or try blowing hundreds of dollars (that you don’t have) to attend a sporting even and sit in the front row?

In high school I had lots of friends that I liked to call “over-achievers”. All they ever did was study and study harder. I didn’t understand why they always had their faces shoved in books and their fingers cramped from doing hours of non-stop homework. I was the one who did my work in sections, taking breaks along the way to eat or watch some television. I enjoyed my senior year of high school while most of them were stressed out and trying to balance 4 unnecessary AP classes and a job. Our main goal was to get to college, but for some reason I realized that I could get in with mediocre grades and they didn’t. I had a really good high school experience because I made time to be social (sometimes too social), but I also had time to do my schoolwork and get into college. When they look back, they see that they missed out on lots of activities and events that they can’t go back and do again. I knew that college would be hard work so I didn’t want to be burdened with high school assignments that my professors won’t care about less than a year later.

I believe that having variety in your life and being spontaneous is a key to happiness. I think it’s important for everyone to have a good time while also being productive. Having a good time throughout your life makes it worth it in the end. When I’m long gone, I want to be remembered for my personality and attitude, not how much work I did, or didn’t do.