This I Believe

Sarah - Lynchburg, Virginia
Entered on December 11, 2006
Age Group: 18 - 30

I believe that life is a journey and each person has their own path to take and road to follow. It is not a race but a slow steady pace to which we should live each step at its fullest. Gandhi instructed men to “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” I believe that life should be clung to, for the journey on this earth is only short lived. Life should be lived one day at a time and savored, for we are not guaranteed tomorrow. We are not even guaranteed our next breath. I believe the race should be run like the marathon runners run their race in the Olympics: slow and steady with the prize in sight and the goal in mind.

I believe that chances and risks should be taken, for without them we do not learn how to be brave. I believe we should love deeply and love often. Jesus shows that love is patient and kind. It is the opposite of envy and pride. Most importantly love protects, trusts, hopes, and perseveres. I believe dreams should be dreamt big with hope and determination. Dreams are what inspire people and nations. They can change the world. It is someone’s dream of yesterday that became today’s reality. I believe that life needs be enjoyed, so dessert should be eaten first because life is too short to be wasted on trivial things.

Albert Einstein stated, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” This is a principle that I try to live out in my life. I believe that everything has a purpose, whether it is a good event or a trial; although, I believe it is the trials that shape our lives the most. It is the trials that teach us to persevere and make us stronger.

I have recently embarked on a new path in my life: the journey of the college experience. This is truly a major transition in my life, taking a little step toward growing up and being on my own. Here, I am told, are going to be the best years of my life. I stay up late, pull all-nighters, and eat junk food at all hours of the night. I hang around with friends, play sports, and go to parties. I also am very dedicated to school work. Not only am I applying myself educationally, I am also learning on how to love to the fullest extent, laugh so hard my tummy hurts, and live each day as if were my last.

It is comforting to know my destination, although I do not know how I am going to get there. I take one day at a time, with my eyes forever looking heavenward pressing toward the goal. I believe life is a journey worth taking and savoring every step of the way.