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Student voices: Make the most out of what you've got

Tomorrow is the supposed end of the world. Of course, this rumor has been dispelled, but it still makes me wonder. In reality, if the end of the world were to happen, the world would be utter chaos. Nobody would spend their last day working, which is logical, but this would also eliminate many opportunities I would probably like to take advantage of.

For example, if I knew the world was ending tomorrow, I would spend today trying to see as much of it as I could. However, there would be nobody to enforce traffic laws on the way to the airport, nobody to buy tickets from, and most importantly, nobody to fly and monitor the planes.

You can look at this hypothetical situation from a realist's perspective--it would bring out the savageness and greed inside us all as we all tried to grab as much of the world as we could at the same time. Stepping away from this grim view, though, I began to think about how I would spend my last day if everything else in the world was still in order, and only I was aware it was the end.

Traveling to a new place is likely a common desire, because we want to grab and experience as much of the world as we can. Or, would you perhaps opt to re-experience the highlights of your life and concentrate on the world you grew familiar with in your life?

Exposing yourself to the experiences you have grown to love, reconnecting with old friends, and visiting familiar places associated with memories is another option. The two basic options are to stay put and experience what you know and love, or to leave in hopes of seeing everything you never got the chance to see before.

It makes me think. The common trend that is the bucket list tends to focus only on new experiences -- traveling, meeting celebrities, or attempting an extreme activity like skydiving. Contemplating the two options, I am beginning to question the concept of a bucket list filled with new, crazy acts. Should we have to attempt countless expensive, possibly near-impossible tasks in order for our lives to be fulfilled? Would completing these tasks even reflect a fulfilled life, or would they merely reflect that you were lucky enough to have the privilege to travel to this country, or meet this person?

Perhaps we should rethink these fulfillments and instead focus on what should be priority--the aspects of our lives we can actually control every day. Not to be too grim, but on my last day, I know that I will feel my life has been filled with much more meaning when I make an effort to make lasting memories out of what is in my life naturally, rather than embark on a one-time adventure.

Marnie Sciamanda is a senior at Rosemount High School. Her column appears every other week.