Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?
This question appears to emanate from an academic exercise requiring a personal response. It is not particularly demanding of the student, as it merely asks that student to describe a location or atmosphere -- for example, one's bedroom, a favorite spot near a lake or stream, driving alone on the freeway -- where the individual in question is most at ease. Each individual has to think for himself where that special place is or what that special activity is. For many individuals, that environment in which they are most content is a favorite vacation spot, for example, a beach, where the solitude of lying in the sun on the soft sand while listening to the waves approach the shore provides the greatest satisfaction. For others, a long drive alone can provide the greatest tranquility, as automotive transportation can provide a level of solitude unavailable elsewhere during one's busy day. Basically, the student is expected to reflect on how and when he or she is most at ease. Is it because sitting alone in one's room provides some measure of isolation from one's family and/or responsibilities, allowing for uninterrupted viewing of videos or playing of video games on the computer? Is it taking long walks alone or with a close friend or relative in the woods, which is highly conducive to quiet reflection about favored topics? Is it spending time with friends at a favored fast-food hangout or, if the individual is older, at a favorite bar? The choice is entirely personal, but this should help the student to narrow down a place or environment in which he or she is most comfortable, and to explain how or why that particular place or activity provides the greatest happiness or tranquility.