This I Believe

Jessica - Marietta, Georgia
Entered on December 13, 2006
Age Group: Under 18

I’m 16. Already, my life is full of stress and pressure. I constantly study and get into fights with family. I have high school drama. I’m 16. I focus on boys, gossip, and fashion. I have amazing friends and a family that I will always love and support. How do I handle my life, you ask? I have patience and persistence. I believe that good things come to those who wait.

Growing up, I’ve realized that patience is a key virtue you need to enjoy life’s benefits. As a kid, I was always impatient and moved fast. When I was four, I constantly begged my mom for a new Barbie doll. But every day I asked her, she would say, “Let me think about it.” I had high expectations. I hated my mom’s reply. But from it, I learned that eagerly anticipating something for a long time could lead to unrealistic expectations. I discovered that if you had patience, good things would come.

I’m 16. I get stressed and discouraged. Coming home with a bad grade on a Chemistry test frustrates me. I study hard, but I don’t understand the material. However, my parents always remind me to have persistence and patience – not just patience with studying, but patience with myself. With time, if I continue to work hard, I will learn the material, and my studying will be rewarded.

I’m 16. My friends and family are everything to me. Without them, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. But without patience, I wouldn’t have the relationships I share with them. Patience is the foundation of every relationship. Given time, important characteristics like trust, loyalty, and respect will form; relationships can develop.

I’m 16. My future is a mystery to me, and I am scared. However, I know I will survive because I have patience and persistence guiding me. Life isn’t easy, but it’s fair. We often take risks and rush through things. We get frustrated with ourselves, but we can’t let this frustration overcome us. We must have patience with life; we must have patience with ourselves.

The fabric of my life is woven with stress and pressure. The fabric of my life is woven with friends and family. The fabric of my life is woven with patience and persistence. And despite life’s fears and uncertainty, I know that good things will come if I wait. This, I believe.