Maya FrostBrophy
Religion 100-04
Professor Bouma-Prediger
October 4, 2016
The Good Life

       Everyone wants to live a good life. But what technically is the good life? If you went around the world and asked different people what the definition of a good life was, you would get a multitude of different answers.
       To me, the life most worth living is a happy life, a life where you are able to do the things you enjoy. When you are working at the job you actually want and enjoy, not just the job that you have to pay the bills. So you are excited to go to work each morning, not dreading it and you feel like you are making a positive difference in the world. Being happy with your social life and social circle is also another important factor in living the good life. Being surrounded by people that inspire you to be the best version of yourself. Also, being with the right person, romantically. Being with a person that makes you happy, and makes you feel perfect and confident about yourself even with your flaws. One of the most important things to having a life most worth living is being content. Being able to be true to yourself and who you really are, living the life that you believe is best, and not forcing yourself to live up to anyone's standards.
       There are many character traits that best describe a good person. In my opinion, the top two are having integrity and character: being more action oriented, not just talking up a big game and not following through. Being a good listener, honest, and having and/or giving respect to everyone are all helpful when trying to navigate the world and network-make connections. Having the desire to advance culture for the better and always trying to learn from your surroundings are both traits of a good person. Trying to better the world may seem difficult it you are by yourself, but a good person keeps on trying, even when it seems impossible.
       There are many people who exhibit a good life. Pope Francis is a prime example of someone exhibiting a good life. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Pope Francis a Pope of many firsts. Being the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first non-European Pope. Pope Francis is the first Pope to take the name Francis in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, a servant to the poor and destitute. The Pope and Francis of Assisi share many similarities, they both have bonded and cared for the people others turn away from and turned their backs on lives of luxury. Pope Francis is known for his care about people who are very sick and for his concern for single mothers with babies that were not baptized because priests refuse. Turning people away is something Pope Francis does not stand for, no matter who they are. While Pope Francis does not condone gay marriage, when asked Pope Francis has said, "If someone is gay and is searching for the Lord and has good will, then who am I to judge him?" (Catholic 1). Helping those in need is also a goal of his. Installing showers in the Vatican for the homeless to use, and last birthday, Pope Francis celebrated by distributing sleeping bags to people who needed them. Pope Francis has reached out to other faiths and is very open about interfaith projects and programs. Trying to bring together people of different faiths, and help them find a common ground, and learn from each other.
       The life most worth living is the life that makes you happy. Do what you want and what makes you feel the best. Even when life does not seem it's best, the way you go about it can change everything. One small bad period should not define what you think about your life. Having someone to look up to and help you build your character is key. George Bernard Shaw said: "Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." You will not hit the life most worth living when you are 35 or 40. You are constantly living the good life now, and