I believe that stir-fry tastes good

Tracy - Tonganoxie, Kansas
Entered on May 15, 2006

When I was small, I believed that I could jump off my bed face first without being harmed. I saw it on “Gilligan’s Island”, and Gilligan didn’t get hurt. He flew away, so why wouldn’t I? Anyway, I tried it. I believed it would work. I believed that I would fly away unharmed. After all, my teacher had always told me that anything was possible; you just have to believe. Well, a big thump and one bloody nose later I had a new belief—a much less dangerous one: stuff happens, things exist, and stir-fry tastes good.

I can never be wrong. While other beliefs run the risk of being proven to be incorrect, mine is unquestionable– proof-proof, if you will. I don’t think any sane person would disagree that stuff happens; things definitely exist, and you’ve got to be crazy not to realize that stir-fry tastes good.

Am I cheating? Some might say so. What kind of a philosophy is that? How will I ever accomplish anything if I run my life by that belief? Will I ever stop asking rhetorical questions? Well, try this one on for size: do I care?

The simple fact is that I do get things accomplished—lots of things, in fact. I don’t consciously try very much; I don’t set goals high just so I can do something average; I don’t dream about where it will lead me. I just know that I’ve accomplished a heck of a lot. Drawings get drawn, movies get made, stories get written, games get designed, cartoons get animated—stuff happens, and there’s not much I need to believe other than that.

Things exist and, whether you like it or not, you have to interact with them. From personal experience, I am telling you that there will be some time in everyone’s life when, no matter what your skill is or how much effort you’ve put in, some thing will keep you from what you deserve. I believe that everyone should know that. If we are taught that anything is possible, when we enter the real world we’re going to be in trouble. I believe that we must never forget that things exist.

Finally, it is my firm belief that chicken and vegetable stir-fry tastes very good—very good indeed…

So there you have it: my belief in a non-argumentative, respectful essay. My belief doesn’t really need much support, but I gave you some anyway. Do you care in the slightest? Probably not. Luckily, neither do I. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some stuff to make happen, some things to interact with, and some stir-fry to taste. That’s good stuff!