8th Grade Honorable Mention
"The Purpose of Life is a Life of Purpose"
"Everything has been figured out
except how to live."
Sartre must've known what he was
talking about. Life is about choices: Choices that affect us like
bowling balls hitting pins. Many pins are knocked down because
they cannot withstand the heavy ball. As many youths succumb to
the weight of drugs, alcohol, and violence, I'm glad to
keep a positive outlook on life. However, positive outlooks are
not always enough to survive in a concrete jungle where respect
is scarce and pressure is great.
"One hundred thousand lemmings can't
In fourth grade my best friend's
name was Eleanor. The nicest person I'd ever met, she was
petite in height, but not in heart. He sister had some tough teen
years. Personally, I never knew Eleanor's sister very well.
She babysat us once, and she seemed pleasant enough, so you can
imagine my surprise when I learned that, at age 16, she committed
suicide. Depression is not something that I've experienced,
and the thought of suicide, to imagine ending life prematurely,
blew my mind. Eleanor was the one to find her dead. How could
I comfort a friend whose tragedy is incomparable?
On some days it seems as though even this
simple task is too much. Whether I've failed the third math
test in a row, been dumped by my elementary school friends, or
just learned that my grandmother's fight with Alzheimer's
has worsened, the term "bad day" runs monotonously through
my head. Finding the simple joys in life (like homework letups
from teachers who usually pile it on thick) helps me hold my head
high and remember that later in life I will forget my disappointments,
and eighth grade drama will become an oxymoron.
"There is more to life than increasing
Americans have interesting morals. The
home of Las Vegas and the largest number of devil worshippers,
it's no wonder many countries act disdainful when dealing
with us. I've always stumbled when I read that some Christians,
in order to show their love for God, sell all their belongings
and help those in need. The thought of life without my favorite
lip-gloss and best-fitting is hard to imagine. Perhaps a life
of fulfillment is really a life of basic needs, and not one with
"Life is what happens while you are
making other plans."
One thing that I want is for life to
not simply pass me by. I figure that I'm dealt ona certain
number of years in my hand, and I don't want to waste God's
goods. To me, the meaning of life is not having one that others
approve of, but one that when its time to go, whether it be tomorrow
or one hundred years from now, that I feel fulfilled, and satisfying
myself is enough work alone.
**Title Quote by Robert Byrne