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Life is beautiful but not always easy, it has problems, too, and the challenge lies in facing them with
courage, letting the beauty of life act like a balm, which makes the pain bearable, during trying times, by
providing hope

Different religions offer their own explanation and picture of life. The variety of opinions and
perceptions make these pictures even more colourful and explanation even more argumentative. But no
one of us in fact knows what life is and where it takes its beginning. There is no universe knowledge
about what there is before and after life, if there is anything at all. What we can do, though, is imagine
and our imaginations is unlimited.

Since early childhood I always thought that life starts when the child is still unborn and even now, even
though my society and religion offer different logic, I forget about it and assume person’s age since a
future mother gets pregnant. One may say that unborn child is not yet a person, but I believe that we
start to build our personality at the same time as we start to exist in this world. But who set the
parameters? They are set by people and for people. And I know that the majority of pregnant women
will agree with me. Many religions also stick to this point of view.

If life starts before we make the first breath of the air, than it is easier to believe that life does not
stop and end with this first and last sip of the air; that there is something more that exists behind the
scene of being a human being. Everyone has a right to…

Life. This 4-letter word seems to be quite simple at first. However, if you look deeper you will see that it
is a very complicated thing with a lot of various components that are like threads intertwined into a tight
tangle. Every tangle has its own story with key points and of course aspects that influence it most of all –
its values. As for me, there are three main values in our life: time, success and love. They are connected,
and they affect the flow of our life.

First of all in order to determine our values we have to ask ourselves: what is life? In terms of biology, it
is a period of existence of a living being from the dawn – the moment of birth till the decline – its death.
For everyone this period is unique. For someone it is quite long, for others it is too short. Very often we
can hear people saying that they are so busy that they do not have enough time to live, meaning that
they do not feel the taste of life. They think that a couple of additional hours per day or days per week
would make them happier as they would have more time to spend with their families, friends, lovers,
pets. However, in most cases when you have free time you decide that you can do even more things –
take a new task, get one more job, accept another challenge. People are used to waste their time.

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Quite often, or I would say almost always, we appreciate things only when we lose them. For sure, some
people would say that this fact cannot be transferred to such notion as life as we live only once.
However, think how many times you thought: why did not I do that before – when I was young/had free
time/had more money/was healthier/was single, etc. We regret about things that we did not manage to
do and very often we forget about the main value of our lives. We forget to live!

Michel de Montaigne has said: “The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of
them.” So it does not matter if you are young or old. What is actually of importance is the way you have
spent your life. You can be a 60-year old grumbler claiming all the time that the world is cruel and life is
not fair to you. Or you can be a 30-year old enthusiast who travelled all over the world, helped
thousands of homeless and saved hundreds of people with one brilliant idea. According to Myles
Munroe, “The value of life is not in its duration, but in its donation. You are not important because of
how long you live, you are important because of how effective you live.”

Some people say that the main sense of life for them is to earn a lot of money in order to buy a big
house and a cool car, to start their own business and make a career. For them this means “to take
everything best from the life.” However, history shows us so many cases when a person has achieved all
his targets on the way to become successful but still lacked something. They did not feel the taste of life
as they were not happy. It does not mean that you should not strive for more. For sure, we are living
while we are evolving but sometimes all you have to do is to find a person who can share your
misfortune with you. “All you need is love,” as it was sang by The Beatles.

However, it is so sad to say but at the same time by falling in love people may forget about the value of
their lives. Young people, impulsive and immoderate, are inclined to rash and ill-considered actions, like
suicides because of unrequited love. These modern Romeos and Juliets do not understand that losing
their lives will cause only harm to the people they loved. The sense of life is to give love, not to take it
away. If one person does not need it – give it to someone else. Maybe you will add value to another
unfortunate life.

So these three values – time, success and love – can make your life on one hand full and unforgettable
but on the other hand hard and painful. There are always a couple of options. It is you who has to decide
what way to choose. You are the lord of your life and the value of it depends on your own actions.