Allie is a Senior at Henry Sibley High School. She's been a peer minister at Saint Joan of Arc for two years.
People always say how they want to live life to the fullest. But, what does it actually mean to live life to the fullest?
I believe it all stems from our relationships with one another. To me, living life to the fullest does not mean going on lavish vacations and going to the most expensive restaurants in town. Yes, going on trips can bring you meaning, but a lot of the time that meaning comes from something that you would not always expect; it comes from the people you are with and the lessons that you have learned. Living life to the fullest is a creation of meaningful relationships that help you grow as a person.
I feel like I am living life to the fullest when I am connecting with family on a long hike in Glacier Park. While hiking, you are surrounded by beauty and are away from all the superficial things that fill our lives today. It is almost primal with just food, water and human connection to sustain you. No technology, instant gratification, or sharing for the [Insta] gram.
It can be a hard balance between living everyday like it is your last and planning for the future. I think we need to live as if every day is our last day because our relationships will naturally grow stronger, and with stronger relationships we gain more meaning in life.
As a teenager surrounded by social media and all the hubbub that goes along with it, I see first-hand how people are creating faux relationships and building profiles of the lives they would like to live instead of putting the technology aside and living a true, meaningful life.
Ghandi said “live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
My challenge to you is to live with an exuberance for life and invest in relationships that bring you joy. Instead of letting the inconsequential things get you down, like a bad test or unnecessary drama, go appreciate what you have.
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