The Good Life Essay

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When contemplating a topic as complex and complicated as the Good Life, there are countless things to consider. I honestly had not even begun to think about what a good life would consist of until my senior year in high school. What do we mean by “The Good Life”? What is a good life made of? Do we as humans even possess the capability to achieve such a monumental goal? How can we reach this goal, if at all? While the definition of the Good Life may be different for everyone, I believe strongly that all people strive to achieve their personal version of the Good Life. Whether they know it or not, all people are trying to live the best life they can, because who would intentionally want to ...view middle of the document...

Living a true Good Life means that while I am still alive, I will gain all of the skills and understanding needed in order to be able to find my God when I pass on. Responsibility, motivation, and sensitivity will guide me up my ladder into my Good Life, and hopefully further on into the realm of God.
The Self
“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.” (Jim Rohn)

This quote successfully sums up my feelings about responsibility. If we feel that nothing can be done or changed about a certain situation, there in fact is always one thing we can change: how we handle it. A huge part of responsibility within the self has to do with having the maturity and wisdom necessary to be able to handle complicated situations. One thing that contributes to this necessary amount of self-responsibility is balance.
Before we can be responsible with others, we must first learn to be responsible with ourselves and our own lives. Living a balanced life is crucial to being responsible and therefore will lead me to my Good Life. Without balance, it is easy for us to stray away from our philosophies and morals. Finding the fine line between too much of this and too little of that can be a difficult task. My education at Collegiate has helped guide me on my way to finding this line.
There are so many things to do at WCS, from sports to clubs to band and drumline. The class work is even more prevalent than the extra-curricular activities. I have always struggled with balancing my studies and my other activities. I often stay up until midnight or later finishing homework, simply because I made the asinine decision to play games on my phone or watch TV first. But, my struggles with balance are only going to become more difficult as I move further into adulthood. In order to be able to live my variant of the Good Life, I must gain a deeper understanding of what balance should look like. I have been able to improve the quality of my life considerably after I learned some of my time management skills here at WCS. But, time management in school is not the only important aspect when it comes to a balanced life. There is also the balance between my personal life and my time spent with others. I believe that the more balance I have in my life, the more responsible I will be towards myself and others. For example, I have the personal responsibility to balance my time with friends and my time spent on homework. Only I can make the decision of where to draw the line between fun and work. If I pick the wrong line, I will fall down my ladder; maybe just a step or two, but every rung is important when I am climbing to such a high peak.
While spending time with friends and family is important, I do believe that it is necessary to spend some time—at least a little bit each day—in solitude. Solitude allows us to reflect on our day and to think about how we...

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