This I Believe

Leah - Cinicnnati, Ohio
Entered on November 2, 2006

Almost three years ago, my older brother Kevin was hospitalized for appendicitis. It started out like any other regular day. It was Friday, our last day of school before Christmas break. After school my mom was supposed to take me shopping for a party I would have attended that night. My brother had stayed home sick since Tuesday complaining of stomach pains. My grandpa had called and forced my mom to take him to the hospital to make sure everything was okay. I was very angry because Kevin had ruined my plans, I was no longer able to go shopping or go to the party, I had to stay home and babysit my sister. Me and Kevin got into a huge fight, I yelled at him and told him I hated him for ruining my life and that he probably was not even that sick. I left for school angry, not knowing those could have been the last words I spoke to my brother.

I was shocked to see my grandma and grandpa picking me and my younger sister up from school that day. I knew something must have been wrong with Kevin and I immediately felt horrible about our conversation that morning. They had told me that Kevin’s appendix had ruptured and he had almost died from the amount of poison in his body. They immediately took us to the hospital. I was never so happy to see my brother. We ended up having Christmas in the hospital since he had to stay there for a couple weeks to make sure all the poison was out of his system. It did not matter though, all that mattered is that we were all together as a family.

This is why my belief is being selfish gets you nowhere. I was more concerned on what was going on in my life I did not bother to stop and look at other people’s lives and how they were being affected. I believe that when you are selfish other people do not particularly like you because you only care about yourself. I find that when you are selfish you become unapproachable because of your attitude. It is better to be selfless in this world because it makes you a better person. It also makes you feel a lot better about yourself when you help others instead of helping yourself. Selfishness is abundant in the world today because people are looking for personal gain. I believe that these people would live a much better and happier life if they stop being selfish and start helping others.