Personal Philosophy Essay

Topics: Hiking, Backpacking, Boy Scouts of America Pages: 1 (428 words) Published: May 28, 2012
Life is like a backpacking trip. “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey!” –Boy Scout Troop 589 slogan. I am a boy scout and a pending eagle scout. This past summer I went to Phillmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico and hiked 75 miles in ten days. On that trip my crew and I had plenty of time do think about things and while we were hiking with 50-60 pounds on our back we realized that life is like a backpacking trip.

The main philosophy about backpacking is to survive with the minimum and get the maximum experience out of it. On this trip all you had to survive was what was in your pack which included food, sleeping gear, clothes, and basic necessities nothing more. While on the trail most of our crew didn’t enjoy the trip because it was a lot of work to hike 75 miles in ten days with about 50 pounds on your back. However, when we got home and had time to think about the trip we realized that the experiences we went through were amazing. How many people can say they hiked 75 miles in ten days? Not many people can say that and while we might not have wanted to go back because we thought it was a lot of work while we were out on the trail I bet anyone in my crew would love to go back and do it again if we were given the opportunity, I know I would! “In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments that took your breath away.”

In life what the point of living if you don’t live life to its fullest. Try new things, have fun, be crazy, enjoy every moment of it, and just live! Rob Bell, an American novelist and pastor says “Can we become so consumed with the past that we can’t see the beauty of today?” He has a good point. If we live in the past and worry about what happened we might miss something happening in the present therefore we wouldn’t be living life to its fullest.

These aren’t all my views on life but they are some that I have lived through and have been able to give examples for using metaphors. Basically, live your...
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