I believe people should take time to appreciate their blessings

Casey - Western Springs, Illinois
Entered on February 23, 2009
Age Group: Under 18
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Most Chicagoans live extremely hectic lives. Everything we do is mapped out and goes according to a schedule. Often, people in our society keep going from the time they wake up until the time they go to sleep at night. I believe that this causes too much stress in people’s lives and it makes it difficult enjoy life.   This weekend I took a trip with my family to Orlando Florida. While we were driving to our hotel, my mom started to complain about how everyone in Orlando moves so slowly. At first, this annoyed me as well. Then the day after we arrived my family and I laid by the pool all day. My cell phone was dead and there were no clocks near the pool. This made me extremely frustrated. I continually would ask my dad what time it was, and he would reply, “It doesn’t matter what time it is, we have no where we have to be. Just relax!” Still, I could not rest until I knew what time it was. My constant need to know the time made me realize how scheduled and hectic my life is. I was not used to having no where to be and not knowing what I was going to do for the remainder of the day. This was something extremely new. I started to examine the people around me, and realized that everyone was so laid back and relaxed. Even though I was away from my frantic life, I was still stressed out over nothing!  Now I have a new perspective on the way the people in Orlando live their lives. I no longer find their slow moving lifestyle annoying, I envy it. I wish that every day I could be as relaxed and laid back as they are. I feel that if I lived my life this way, I would be a much more relaxed and stress free person. The trip was more then just a warm getaway for the weekend. It taught me that everyone needs to take time in their lives to stop and smell the roses. If everyone is constantly moving non-stop, then they will never have time to appreciate the world around them. I believe that everyone should take time to appreciate their blessings especially during times of adversity.