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- I Believe in Appreciation
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- IUF 1000: What is the Good Life
- Viveiros, Taylor
- University of Florida
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- Summer 2018 Competition
- , Taylor Viveiros, believe in appreciation. Appreciation is a value that I acquired through a life-
changing event. At this time in my life, I had a boyfriend named Kaleel. He was my rock, my
best friend, and a part of my daily life. On September 7th, 2016, I would experience trauma and
emotional shock. I was on my way to my usual 4 PM shift at my job as a waitress. At this time,
my boyfriend was the bus boy and dish washer at the restaurant. I got to work and noticed that
Kaleel wasnâ€™t there yet. I texted him wondering where he was. There was no response. I didnâ€™t
worry because he was always a few minutes late to work. Thirty minutes passed and I called
him. There was no answer. At 6 PM my boss received a call from him saying that he wasnâ€™t
feeling well and wouldnâ€™t be at work today. Kaleel texted me that he was sick, and was excited
to see me tomorrow. I went through the rest of my shift as I normally would. At 10PM, as I was
closing the restaurant, I received a call from Kaleelâ€™s brother. His brother told me that I should
sit down before hearing what he had to say. He told me that he walked into Kaleelâ€™s room and
found him laying on the floor in a pool of blood next to a gun. My body went into shock.
Everything around me became a blur. I just lost my best friend and partner to suicide. I found
out later that he called o
of work because he was planning on doing this. In one second, all I
had left were pictures and memories. After two years, I have healed and extracted values from
this traumatic experience.
- My loss taught me the value of appreciation. Ever since September 7th, I have been more
grateful for every family member and friend in my life. I cherish the time I am able to spend with
them because you never know when a day with them will be the last one. I even appreciate
little moments such as watching a movie with my mom, bickering with my brother, and sitting
in class with my friends. It took intense hardships for me to gain this value of appreciation of
everything in my life.
- This sense of appreciation after hardship is seen in Hermann Hesseâ€™s Siddhartha. Siddhartha
was miserable when he was like the â€œchild like people.â€ Once he left this lifestyle, he once
again was grateful for his skills of thinking, fasting, and waiting (Hesse). He was more grateful
of the benefits of this aesthetic life after he experienced the pain from his unfulfilling, lavish
lifestyle. He valued simple meals, minimal clothing, and pure conversation with Vasudeva
- After we experience the terrible side of life, we better appreciate the possessions that we have,
memories that we create daily, and the people who are with us on this journey of life.
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Hesse, Hermann, and Hilda Rosner.
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