What’s Important in Life? – Colette Wheeless

What’s important in life? I guess it depends on who you’re asking. If you’re asking a college student, they might say friends, money, good grades, and getting a job after graduation. If you asked a homeless person, they might say food and shelter. If you asked a religious person, they’d be sure to include some aspect of their beliefs. If you asked a scientist, it would probably include making a big discovery or doing something big for his or her field of study.

The point I’m trying to make is that it’s difficult to say what’s important for everyone. What’s important for one person, may not be as important (or important at all) to another. So I can really only speak for myself when I say what is important to me.

Friends/Family – I find that being alone is one of the most horrible things in the world. What good is all the fun in the world if you have no one to share it with? Friends and family, people, are very essential to living a fulfilling life. Who wants to come home to an empty house? Who wants to go to the movies, go out to eat, go to an amusement park, by themselves? Certainly not me.

Religion/Moral Code – I’m a religious person, but even a non-religious person can appreciate a moral code. There has to be a way of acting that is acceptable, and it governs the way that we act. Everyone’s moral code is a little different, but there are some truths that are pretty much universal. We all are taught as children to share, to be nice to others, to treat them the way we’d want to be treated. Without these codes in our lives, things would be chaotic and unfeeling.

Money – Sadly, money is important. We need money to live. To buy food, water, and shelter. To buy entertainment to relax. To go out and explore the world. Without money, we can do none of these things.

Fulfillment – Everyone has hopes and dreams and goals. Things that they love to do, that they want to do, that they hope to complete before they leave this world. Whether it be to write a book, publish a theory, create something new, entertain others … we all have a purpose, and goals we want to complete.

Fun – Life would be incredibly depressing without fun. We can’t just work and make money and survive. It would be hollow and meaningless. We have to have fun and relax.


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