TOEFL Essay Topic 118 - Some people enjoy change, and they look forward to new experiences. Others like their lives to stay the same, and they do not change their usual habits. Compare these two approaches to life. Which approach do you prefer? Explain why.
Author: tocopo | Date: September 8, 2009 | Score:5
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People can choose whether to live a stable life in which changes scarcely happen and the life stay almost the same from days to days, or to live a changing life where new experiences are available everyday. For me, the changing life seems better than the stable life.
First of all, I always hold the view that "Life is a box of chocolate and you never know what you are going to get." At one day of our life we might think that certain styles of life is more favored, while on the other days we might alter our belief about what is good. This can happen to human being easily because we are always subject to some changes that can modify our taste or view about life. For example, I used to think that vegetarian are living too hard a life and it is unnecessary, and I once thought that meat is a indispensible part of human's life. However in one summer I had to spend several weeks in a vegetarian country, where I was forced to become a vegetarian. Although I could not accept it in the first place, I gradually get used to it and finally I started to embrace the life of vegetarian, coming to realize that this life style can also benefit our health, and meat is not as crucial I used to think for human being. So I learn from my own story that people's mind need not to stay the same. A surprise from the outside world may even change our belief completely, making the old life styles obsolete.
Secondly, chasing after new things can enrich our life by introducing more challenges to our life. If the living condition remains much the same across our life, then everything can be properly expected and therefore lose many surprises, and life will become a dull process. I have lived an agricultural life in the rural area before, to be honest I dislike the life there in that everything can be planned for agriculture. You know exactly the time to plant the seeds, and you know the accurate amount of water needed for the field in each seasons. So there is no challange at all, even though the life is quiet and relaxing, but I am living like a machine with everything set. This kind of life kills lots of fun in our life.
Last but not least, a changing life can offer people more new idea, as the new experience inspire people to think from different angle. For instance, I once worked in a newpaper company, this career never lack new things because fresh news come from the world every minute, and people have to constant accept new ideas and concepts. Especially in the editorial department, where all sorts of distinct views flux in to argue with each other, and we need to categorate all these opinions and finally come up with our owns. During such process our knowledge and the ways of thinking is always changing since we have to understand all argument from two sides of the argument. New ideas in turn, can help us to give new definition, or new attitude to our life, helping us to find a better way to live.
In short, the changing life is superior to the contant one as it provides more surprises and challanges, which largely enrish our life and leave us a hope that we are can have the chance to have a better life tomorrow.