Essay/Term paper: Living and dying
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Living And Dying
Tuesdays With Morrie was an excellent book in many ways. It opened my eyes up to how I would like to die and what I would like to pass on to my loved ones. I don"t always tell my parents and brother that I love them, although very rarely do I tell my closest friends. After reading this book it has helped me be more open with my feelings. After all I will never know when I will die; it could be today or it could be in 70 years. I need to start living life like there may not be a tomorrow. If I do this, even half the time, then it will make me a better person. There are several topics of life that I need to start doing to make sure that when I die I feel complete.
When I die I would like to know that I have done most everything that I would like to have done. Obviously, I will have some regrets but who doesn"t. I would like to make sure that my family is taken care of. That my grandkids have enough money to pay for college. I liked when Morrie talked about how people are always buying new cars, but all they really need is people to love them. Before I die I would like to make sure that my friends and family know how much that I care for them. In order to do this I need to make sure that I communicate to them. I shouldn"t be afraid to share my feelings. But for some reason it is hard for me to express what I feel. Although I"m working on it, it will take some time. My attitude on the baseball field is the same as it is in life. I give it my all every day and all day. I think of every at-bat as if it were my last. In life I try my best every day and think of each day as it were my last. If I keep on taking this attitude then when I die I will feel satisfied with my life.
When I die I would like to be remembered and not just forgotten. I would like to be remembered for baseball and also for being a nice person. I want people to say that I was one of the nicest guys they"ve ever met. I think that is a huge compliment. It is hard for me to accept that not very many people will remember me. Sure maybe for ten years or so, but after that they will forget. That is why I need to surround myself in as much family as I can, just like Morrie did. He knew that his family and friends wouldn"t forget him so he surrounded himself with them. It would comfort me to know when I die that some people still think about me.
When I die I definitely do not want to be in a lot of pain. I think that physician-assisted suicide is not wrong. Why let someone suffer? If I"m suffering I would want them to pull the plug on me. What upsets me is when I hear of stories about people who have been attached to life support for months. If it is someone"s time to die then I think you should let them die. There is a lot of debate on the use of medical marijuana. I feel that if someone is going to die and they are suffering, then they should be able to use marijuana to ease there pain. I don"t understand why its not legalized. I think it would put a lot of drug dealers out of business. I would also like to have my organ"s donated. If I can help someone out, then I definitely would do that. Dying should not be something that is dragged out over several years. When I go I want to go in peace and not be attached to a machine for years.
Morrie"s perfect day seemed so simple to me at first, but actually it makes a lot of sense. When you ask most people what there perfect day would be, they would tell you that it consists of; sky diving, going to Paris, watching a rock concert, etc…… Morrie"s perfect day was just doing what he normally did. He wanted to go dancing and spend some quality time with his friends. He knew this was what was important. Spending quality time with your loved ones.
My perfect day used to be wild like most people"s but after reading this book I changed my day. I would like to wake up to the smell of my mom and dad fixing my brother and I breakfast. It would be a huge plate of bacon and eggs. After spending some time with my family I would like to go watch the Mariners play baseball. I would have all of my closest friends there and sit in luxury booths. During the game I would buy a five dollar beer and a four dollar hot dog. After this I would like to go home and throw a big party with all my friends and family. Because this is what is really important. These are my true loves in life, my family and baseball.
I need to live life to the fullest all day and every day. I will die happily if I do this. I need to try and have more of my perfect days before I cannot have them anymore. There are only two certainties I can control in my life and that is attitude and effort. Everything else is just a variable. But my point is if I have a good attitude and effort then that will in turn satisfy my life. I will have lots of close friends and family. And that is what is important.
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