What is Important? A Reflective Essay

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“Appreciate the little things”. Too often in life do we get wrapped up in our jobs, money, and material items that we forget to take time to notice the small, but beautiful, occurrences around us each and every day. We often lose sight in the truly important moments of our life while we tend to cater to the semi-meaningless tasks that have taken over tremendously. So the question is, what is important? After a busy week at school, a few close friends and I figured it would be fun to stay at a cabin in Big Bear for the weekend. It was only the middle of August so it was not quite cold enough for snow. We spent our Saturday doing typical mountain activities such as riding our bikes through the trails, going fishing on the lake, and taking a hike through the mountain behind our cabin. It was exciting to get out and explore nature. On our way back to the cabin, we found a clearing with rocks that we could sit on. We noticed that it was almost time for the sun to set, so we decided to stay and watch. Why not, right? We all took off our backpacks, and set up camp for the next hour or so. As we waited, we talked and shared funny stories about what had happened throughout the day. Time went by so fast in what seemed to be only a few minutes, and the sun started to disappear behind the mountain. We all fell silent, sitting and observing. The birds were chirping, and you could hear a slight breeze blowing through the leaves in the trees. We watched as the sky went from blue to purple, from purple to a pink-orange, and then to a bright yellow before the sun was finally hidden by the mountain in front of us. It was a beautiful sight to see. I knew it was a moment in my life that I was going to remember and cherish. We all agreed that w... ... middle of paper ... ... do not have a good time on vacation because we did not get the nice hotel that we wanted to stay at. “The things you own end up owning you” is just a quote from the movie Fight Club, but it has a very powerful meaning. We get preoccupied with what others have to say, and it is human nature to want to be the best. But during this time we forget to enjoy the more important things that we have like our good health, food to eat, and a roof over our head. In conclusion, I am not quite sure if we will ever know the answer to the question “What is important?”. Some people will argue that you can not be happy without money and nice things, while others can be happy with nothing but the clothes on their backs. We will always wonder if people will change their ways. The only thing we can hope is that we will learn to appreciate what is truly important before it is too late.
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