MELTA 10th Public Speaking Contest Participants' Speeches

“Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” — Hans Christian Andersen

Delivered by Valeria Ratnikova, 10th grade, school 1208

Very fast. Too fast life. The world, that changes every second in every corner of this Universe. It doesn’t leave you any chance to have rest. You should run, run, run… Up to the end. But is it our life? Real beautiful life with all its wonders and mysteries. Or just a competition between blind people, who notice nothing. You should decide, what to choose.



Look around yourself.

What do you see? The fog goes away, all the masks are ripped off. You can see your real life. Is it a bright world with the shining sun and friends around you or is it a dry desert with a disgusting smell of death? Give the honest answer to yourself.

We all are humans, who have a lot of opportunities to do everything we want. Modern world is a territory of freedom, that gives us many rights. Yes, some countries are poor and have a lot of economical and political problems, but despite of it everyone can change his life in the way he wishes. Everyone should or even has to do it, because unfortunately we have only one life, which is really short. Live, not simply exist. This is the thing that we have to understand.

To tell the truth every person has his own potential to become great. Our personality hides many secrets, that we can investigate during all the life. Many abilities and talents are in this potential. One can be a wonderful musician, one — a perspective artist and so on. If we don’t develop our talents, they will disappear in the life’s race. Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow you die — that’s the proverb.

Our road to the happiness can be not so smooth and easy, but stony and difficult. Problems have an opportunity to prevent you from being a full personality, but to stop in the middle of the way is silly, isn’t it? Believe in yourself and never stop fighting — that’s the main advice for your way. Horace once said: “He will always be a slave who does not know how to live upon a little”.

Nevertheless in every situation you should stay a kind person. If you are able to notice the beauty of the world, then it’s all right. Rest is also very important. Rest for your mind and soul. Come outside, look at the sun, smile at the new day, smell a flower and become happy at this moment. Your main happiness is your life — don’t forget.



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