Strenuous life Essay

This essay has a total of 869 words and 4 pages.

strenuous life



In the late 1800s, Theodore Roosevelt became well known for delivering popular speeches.
One of the main topics that Roosevelt preached was the strenuous life. His philosophy of
the strenuous life was that one should earn things from working for them. Roosevelt
taught that the highest form of success comes from those who work the hardest and
demonstrate the most efforts. Having the satisfaction of knowing that you worked
laboriously for something, and in return have a rewarding result, that is the strenuous
life. But, is Roosevelt's philosophy of the strenuous life still applicable today?

August 13, 1999 marked an important day in my life. On the 13th, I turned 17 and passed
my driving test. After having spent lots of time thinking about it, I decided that since
I had this new responsibility, I should use it to my advantage. Now that I could commute
and commit myself, I decided to start to search for my first job. The first place that I
had applied to, Allure Hair Designers, hired me as their receptionist. I knew that things
in my life were about to change.

At the end of my first week of work, I received my first paycheck. I went home from work
that day, and sat in bedroom all night thinking of what I should do with this money.
Before this, the thought of budgeting money had never really occurred to me because I knew
that I was always able to depend on my parents for financial support. However, I decided
that things would be different now.

I use my first paycheck to take my parents out for a nice dinner at their favorite
restaurant. This restaurant is not personally one of my favorites, but for all that they
have done for me, it was the least I could do. When the bill came, I paid for it, without
hesitating. As I waited for the waiter to bring me my change, I realized that this was
the best meal that I had ever had. The reason for this was not because the food was
prepared especially well, but rather because I enjoyed the fact that I earned it.

This is just one example that demonstrates that Roosevelt's philosophy of the strenuous
life is still applicable today. Although not everyone in the world may be conscience of
it on a daily basis, this theory applies to everyone at a time. In life, everyone faces a
time when they have to work to earn their accomplishments. For me, this meant getting a
job, and learning how it felt to work for something.

In the late 1800s, Theodore Roosevelt became well known for delivering popular speeches.
One of the main topics that Roosevelt preached was the strenuous life. His philosophy of
the strenuous life was that one should earn things from working for them. Roosevelt
taught that the highest form of success comes from those who work the hardest and
demonstrate the most efforts. Having the satisfaction of knowing that you worked
laboriously for something, and in return have a rewarding result, that is the strenuous
life. But, is Roosevelt's philosophy of the strenuous life still applicable today?
Continues for 2 more pages >>