Reasons to Live
By: Taylor Stewart
What I Live For!
Family and Friends- Pathos
One of my many reasons to live include my family and friends. These are the people that I would do anything for, and they would do the same for me. They give me a purpose in life to keep living. If I were to not be here, there would be a great amount of grief, sorrow, and suffering. I would never want to cause any of these people anything other than happiness. I would also miss out on all of the amazing ups and downs in life with them. This people are a reason for me to continue living!
My Pet- Pathos
My second reason for living is my cat. My cat is one of the things I cherish most in life. Here is the problem who would take care of here if I am no longer here? No one. In my family, she is my responsibility. They do not have a loving connection with her. My cat would most likely be given away to an animal shelter. That would be awful, because at an animal shelter since she is an older feline she would be put to sleep. My cat is a reason for me to keep living!
My third reason for living is learning. All around I have always loved and lived for learning new things. I believe that knowledge is power, and I should take any and every chance to learn something new. Whether it is a random fact or a state standard, I enjoy learning about everything to a certain extent. There are so many things in life to learn that you have to keep living to be taught. As Mahatma Gandhi once said, "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." Learning is a reason for living!
Missed Opportunities- Pathos
My fourth reason for living is all the opportunities I would miss. I don't want to miss out on anything life may have to offer in the future. I want to live my life to the fullest, and their are so many things that I have not experienced yet. What about high school and college graduation? What about getting married? What about having children? There are so many huge stepping stones in life, and I have completed very few of them. If I were to not continue living, then I would never experience any of this, That would be a true tragedy, and that is why this is a reason for me to keep living!
My Future Career- Logos
My final reason to live is my future career. I want to become a surgeon when I am older. According to 80000hours.org, a surgeon saves about ninety lives per year. If I were to not be here, then that means ninety others wouldn't be either each year. I have to continue living not only for myself, but for about ninety other lives per year. This is my final reason to continue living!