The Meaning of Life 2

The Meaning of Life 2

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  • Leo Tolstoy concluded that Ivan dreaded his life so much because he was focused on the wrong aspects of life, He let the pressure of having to be in a high social class take a toll on his mental state. He started seeing life as a chore and not a blessing. Another big point he came across is that we should not fear death as it is inevitable and just another part of life. He concludes this from the life of Gerasim who was the only person who could confront death with courage and not dread it as much as Ivan Ilych did.
  • What I concluded from this story was that you need to admire the small things in life and not let what others do affect the way you live. One thing my mom has always told me was to be grateful for the things I have because I would always find myself being selfish at times and being selfish over materialistic things is not the way to live. A quote from my favorite rapper J. Cole stated "there's beauty in the struggle, and ugliness in the success." "For what's money without happiness or hard times without the people you love." He then went on to say there are always better materialistic things out there but you will never be happy until you love yours. (Love yourz by J. Cole) This song repeats in my head when I get caught up in the materialistic things in life that means nothing at all.
  • These conclusions impact my thoughts by looking at life in a whole different way. There were times where I felt like I wasn't good enough or complained about something I didn't have. As I grew up I started to realize how I focused on what other people had and wasn't grateful for what I had. I would truly envied how all of my friends would get new phones, hoverboards, cars, etc while I was stuck with older versions of everything. It wasn't until my junior year of high school I stopped paying attention to what others had and focused on myself and felt much better sense. Another big point in life is helping others because when everyone has a time when they will leave this earth but how will you be remembered when you do? I came to this realization when one of my friends died in a car crash and seeing his corpse at his funeral completely changed my life around. He was also my teammate on my football team and my coach explained death to me in another way, It was very devastating but I can't sa it didn't make me a better person because it forced me to mature and I started spending my time helping others and realizing how precious life is as I was The topic of death always gives me an eerie feeling but I know it is inevitable and no one can live forever but the whole concept of it still doesn't perfectly sit right with me. I know that I try to help as many people as I can while I am here and I will try to not take my time for granted because tomorrow is never promised.
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