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This is an essay a mate wrote about the meaning of life, personally I think it's great
Nostalgic Rollercoaster by Daniel Stewart
Meaning, n 1. To intend for a particular purpose. Life, n 5. Course or mode of existence. What is the meaning of life... a question that has been pondered through the ages with still no answer to prevail. People have been and gone with their theories trying to put a definition to the sentence and many more will. This question, this sentence is nothing more than that, a group of six words arranged in a particular order. The fact of the matter is that no matter what people say these words mean, in the end they mean nothing and have no bearing on the rollercoaster that is your life.
In saying this, there are many poets, dreamers and philosophers alike that do however present convincing arguments as to what we should be doing with our time on this earth. The Beautiful Girls are a band of three Australian surfers at the forefront of the new roots and groove music movement. This essay will look at the lyrics from three of their songs from their album Learn Yourself. The three songs are La Mar (the ocean), High Rolling and So it Seems.
Today we live in the world of 2004.A society now formed around technology, war, famine and greed. It seems as though in a modern world such as ours we have no room for our hearts, minds and souls. It is becoming less and less that we step away from the stresses of reality and get in touch with ourselves on a deeper level to truly appreciate what we are blessed with? life! ?Life aint what it seems, too many people think money is the way to get free, time is golden, time is golden, you crazy?? ? So it seems. This simple grouping of words speaks in volumes about the people that will work themselves to death, trying to achieve financial satisfaction (an impossible task) and never enjoy a single second of their lives. ?Man he?s high rolling today got his fingers in everything, plans on taking over this place but man what will he aim for then? It seems greed?s helpful to collecting in your pockets but not your soul. Sea breeze, karma philosophies, me and my friends are richer than gold.? I?m never going to dispute the fact that money can bring happiness and from what short time I?ve been in this world I strongly believe in the notion of ?each to their own?. However there is so much outside of dollars, euros, yen, dirham and peso?s, there is friends, family, nature, love, peace? it may be clich? but the best things in life are most certainly free.
Often, you may look ahead at a very long road in front of you and think how time-consuming walking this road will be, but when you reach the end of the road you look back and you walked it in the blink of an eye. This is where my personal view point comes into play, life is short ? there are no extensions ? with your time you had best do well. When it?s time for me to lie down in my grave, I want to regret nothing. I want to taste everything this world has to offer me because when I?m an old man sitting back in my chair reflecting on my time here I don?t want there to be a single vacant memory. ?I took all my chances earned myself an even scar, try to learn my lessons well.? ? La Mar (the ocean). I never want to be in pristine condition for without scars and bruises there are no memories.
In writing this essay I remember something my brother once told me, and by no stretch of the imagination is my brother a philosophical fellow, he?s as straight up and down about reality as your average Joe. He said to me ?hit n? spin?? Hitting and Spinning, the wonderful opportunity when you run into a less than desirable situation. You?ll hit things throughout you?re entire life that get you down, when you do, you are then granted the ability of instead of dwelling on it, spinning away and keep kicking it down the path of life. ?So sturdy up, sturdy up your heart, for the road is long ahead. I'll be with you even though we're apart, but your road is yours to tread.? ? La Mar (the ocean). When it all boils down, you are indirectly on your own in this world? you?ll meet some cool cats on the way that is for sure but no one is going to carry you down your road, as the song says it is yours to tread.
In my own experience of the people around me, the one thing that concerns me the most is the way everyone puts far too much emphasis on how the future is going to pan out. Too many people are trading in their today?s so they can have a better shot at tomorrow, if only they could see that there is no certainty in tomorrow because you never know when it?s all going to go up in flames. The only thing certain is yesterday and if you look back and think that you wasted so many days worrying and organizing for your tomorrows you wont have enjoyed a single moment, locked beautifully in the present. ?The time goes but the memory still shows.? ? So it seems.
I was given a 600 word limit on this essay, there is no possible way that in 600 words I could say half of what I want on a subject so close to my soul. The meaning of life? what does life mean? You can choose to take on board anything of what I have said in this simple clump of nostalgia or you can discard it as a bunch of crazy ideas from a dreamer. Anyway you look at it; your life, is simply that? a crazy ride that is completely up to you. My advice is to have fun with it, throw caution to the wind and let the chips fall where they may.
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