What Makes a Life Worth Living?
All the possibilities or opportunities a person has to make his life extraordinary excites me greatly. The mystery of all the phenomenal things he could achieve with hard work and dedication should be the drive to living life to the fullest. You may ask, what makes my life worth living? Personally, that question may be one of the most difficult questions to answer because I greatly value my life and take notice of many hidden beauties, but if I had to narrow it down it would have to be because of family, education, and sports.
Over the course of my life I’ve had to deal with a series of unfortunate events at a very young age. I’ve had to overcome the deaths of both of my parents and learn to survive as an effective adult in this treacherous world. Many ask; how do you do it? Where do you find the strength to stay so strong? In actuality, I have come to realize “People die. The truth is so disheartening at times I can’t bear to articulate it. Why should we go on, you might ask? Why don’t we all just stop and lie down where we are? But there is another truth, too. People live,” Lance Armstrong expressed in his book, It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life. His statement sums up the way I feel about the passing of my parents. People dying is a natural process of life, so mourning over their deaths forever is not the way I envisioned my life because there is a limited amount of time and so much more to experience.
Armstrong also said in his book, “I’ve read that I flew up the hills and mountains of France. But you don’t fly up a hill. You struggle slowly and painfully up a hill, and maybe, if you work hard, you get to the top ahead of everybody else.” I definitely can relate this to my life as a dedicated track athlete. As I cross the finish line in first place in particular events during some track meets, and I get the usual congratulatory response from family and friends, a typical saying is always voiced. “Man, you...
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