Philosophy of Life Essay

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Jamie Conwell
10/8/12
Philosophy Of Life Essay

We all seek happiness, simple as that. We as a human race desperately strive to be something, to prosper, to be revered and if nothing else to be noticed. But to what point? Happiness isn’t about the fame, the fortune, the money or the amount of things we possess, for those things will eventually run out. We should live our lives to the fullest for life is short, yet ever so precious. My life philosophy is centered around three things; three things that greatly govern my life, and the way I go about living it: be who you are, not who everyone else wants you to be, work hard to achieve your goals, and never take your friends for granted, for true friends will be with you for life. Andres Gide once said, “It is better to be hated for who you are than to be loved for who you are not.” In today’s society I see more and more people desperately trying to conform the standards of others. We are simply too afraid to distinguish ourselves from the crowd; to be anything but normal. Through one of the most challenging times in my life, I came to the realization that by being myself everything else became so much easier. I was no longer living a lie, nor did I have to keep up with the numerous falsehoods I had told about myself. I learned not to care about what other’s thought of me, for God is the judge and not man. God made us all for a reason. We are who we are not by accident but by His divine purpose. Learning how to love ourselves is an important aspect in life, but is also one of the hardest most challenging tasks. Learn to love yourself for the person on the inside, not the person on the outside. The common saying: “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary” is something that I have been taught since I was a child. My mother would repeat it day after day, and even now it is still engraved in my mind. Throughout my life my parents always taught me that to earn my own way was the only way....
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