Enjoying Life

Sam - Spring Valley, California
Entered on February 21, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: pleasure
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There is more to life than survival. Most organisms go on living day to day by spending their energy on doing the things that keep them alive: eating, sleeping, and reproducing. As human beings, we realize our mortality and strive to extract the most enjoyment out of our lives.

I believe in enjoying life. The good times are what make life worth living. Without them life would be void of anything to look forward to or what makes us human. Enjoying life is what pries my eyes open and pulls me out of my bed in the morning. It’s what keeps me going. It’s what makes the world go round.

People go to work everyday and spend their precious time and energy doing a certain job. The entire motivation behind working hard is the good times. People use that paycheck to enjoy their personal space, enjoy a good meal, and to do whatever makes them happy. Although it helps, it is not necessary to have money to have a good time and get the most out of life. To some people, a good time is a night out with friends or a trip to some place exotic. To others, it might be reading a good book or going to the gym for an intense workout.

Much too often do we fail to realize the joy we can feel from the little things in life. Whether it is the irresistible aroma of baked goods, a breath of fresh air, or the stare of a curious new born looking back at you in wonder, everything adds to your experience in life. We need to take the time to appreciate those moments that go unnoticed.

Take a moment to think about what it would be like if you never experienced a good time or found enjoyment in anything in life. The only thing you would know is the negative aspect of life, with nothing to counter balance the negativity. Things like pain, hopelessness, and despair would be the only things in existence. Would you still want to continue living? Enjoying life gives us a reason to keep the blood rushing through our veins and air pumping through our lungs. It often brings people together and creates memories worth keeping.

I have only been on this planet for a little over 18 years, so my opinion doesn’t count for much. But I believe we should enjoy life, because in the end our lives will only be weighed by what we have accomplished, what we have learned, and the good times we’ve had getting there.