How we live our lives day to day, month to month, and year after year is what defines life. Even the smallest of actions can make our lives seem like a maze. Although life is unpredictable, it is all about what we make of it. Everything happens for a reason.
Friends and family are the people I cherish most. Although school is important to me, it can sometimes keep me so busy that I forget about my personal life. Overworking myself is a problem. Too much stress is not a good thing. My life is full of dead ends, but I always find the way back. I often reflect back on past events and consider the present situation in my life. This helps me to see things in a different light. If asked to sum up my life, I would use the word “rut”. Although I confess to comparing my life with others’, this feeling of envy can be destructive. Every life is a story. But we may not realize that the stories we are taking note of are only one part of the story. People often share the positive aspects of their lives, those that make them feel good. Who would be willing to share their difficulties? The ideal life is a fantasy. It is important to own your life and not take things for granted.
Experience is everything, I believe. We are all shaped by what we see, learn and do. We should live the lives that we love. Doing what makes you happy and helping others in the community is a good idea. We should also aim to make a positive difference, even if it seems like we are making a small impact. We are afraid to fail, doubt ourselves and give up when we want to step out of our comfort zones. Because of our failures, we are able to learn from them and see the value in their past experiences. It is a fact that failures are necessary for success. Also, taking chances doesn’t always hurt. Sometimes the outcome may surprise us. Each person’s experiences are unique. This allows us to share stories with others and create bonds that we will cherish. We will take all the opportunities that life offers us.
This article is about my philosophy and the understanding of Socrates. Before I tell you about Socrates’s philosophy, and his beliefs, I want to share with you my life and the hardships I have faced.
I was just a normal human being who aspired to be a world-famous chef. At 17 years old, that dream was crushed. There have been many problems in my life, including financial, family, as well as emotional. At 18 years old, I tried to commit suicide. On October 24, 2017, I was in an extremely difficult situation. I couldn’t understand my family or myself anymore. I then attempted suicide using a 4 meter rope. That was a very dark time for me. To escape the negativity that was running through my head, I look for jobs to help me earn some extra money and provide support for my family. All of the companies I applied to rejected my resume, because I did not finish high school.
As time goes by, I realize that happiness is not all about me. There are many things in life that can be negative or positive. They include problems and solutions. It is easy to feel happy and sad. Although life is difficult for me to comprehend, I now believe that it would be impossible not to face challenges. This topic was not something I had thought of until I came across it in philosophy class, where I knew Socrates. He said in his writings “Know thyself”, which gave me the courage to learn more about myself. He helped me to understand my purpose in life. Why is this the best defense you have ever had? Because no matter what your surroundings say about you, it won’t affect you because you know yourself better than anyone else.
One of Socrate’s lines is “Man must look at himself”. This means that you must know yourself and conquer it. You are the only one who has an idea about yourself. Don’t waste time on wasting your time. By knowing yourself and taking time to care for yourself, you can have complete control over how you act, make decisions, and do whatever you want as long as it’s right.
This is a brief summary of my life, and my understanding of Socrates. I am happy to share my experiences with you. I feel relieved that after so long, I finally had the opportunity to express my emotions and hurtful experiences. I was also pleased to have read some Socrates philosophy. I feel honored to have been inspired by his words that made my negative thoughts disappear.