In Emily Dickinson’s poem, “I cannot live with you,” the speaker seems to suggest that she has lived for her love of God and also for her partner, who, she says, has “served Heaven.” This perhaps sums up what many people live for. Many people live for the God that they believe in, and these people try to live lives that will please that God and perhaps lead to some manner of reward in an afterlife. Many people also live for their loved ones, whether that be a partner, a child, or a friend.
I am not a religious person myself, so I don’t live for a God. I do, however, live in part for those that I love. I live for them in the sense that I enjoy spending time with them. I also live just for the sake of living, by which I mean that I live for the experiences one can have while alive. There are many beautiful places in the world that I would like to visit, and I’m sure that there are many interesting people who I have not yet met. There are also many experiences that I have not yet had. I would like, for example, to go skydiving, and I would also like to go scuba-diving.
There are also smaller, less important things that I also like to live for. I like to eat nice food, and I like a nice glass of wine. I like to go to the theater, and I like go to new exhibitions at art galleries. I like museums too, as well as aquariums and parks. These smaller things contribute greatly to the value of life on a day-to-day basis and certainly contribute to the value of a life worth living.