This I Believe

Stanley - Young Harris, Georgia
Entered on February 7, 2007
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: change

Not taking life for granted

Ever wondered what it would be like living overseas? I lived in Germany for almost four years. I made a lot of friends, enjoyed school, played sports, and traveled to surrounding countries. The years I spent in Germany were the best years of my life. Having the opportunity of living overseas is something I can not take for granted.

Living in Germany opened my life to new experiences. Playing in the snow every year was an experience I will never forget. Playing in snow made me feel so energized I could have played in it all day. The feeling was like a little kid enjoying going down a slide and could not get enough. Also, traveling was something I enjoyed.

Traveling to France and Italy were fascinating. Being able to see the Vatican and the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Rome were my favorite memories of living in Germany. I was able to see how art was cherished in Rome of the historic buildings.

Before moving overseas, I lived in Texas. During this time, my dad was in the military, the reason my family moved to Germany. It was exciting to hear we were moving. It was the first time for my brother and me to move. We were nervous, at least I was. My parents were not worried because they lived in Germany before I was born. We were moving to a place I did not know much about and I would have to make new friends, attend a new school, and start a new life.

Leaving Texas was something I will not forget because my brother and I were born there. As I recall, everything was going pretty well. Before starting school, my mom had a home daycare where I met my first best friends, Patrick and Hannah. We enjoyed every moment we were together. They were like a brother and sister. Patrick moved before our family left. Seeing him leave was sad because I was going to miss someone I enjoyed having in life. I was going to miss Hannah too because we were around each other all the time. I had to appreciate the fact I had good times with them and not take our friendship for granted.

Once we moved to Germany and settled down, I became comfortable to my new home. When it was time to start school, I was really nervous. I had to make new friends in the middle of my second grade year and I remember some days I cried because I was scared at school. I did not want to be there because I wanted to be with my parents. After months went by, I started enjoying school. One person that made living in Germany better for me was my best friend Brandon.

Brandon’s family was moving in the same apartment building at the time we were. We always hung out and played basketball. He was like a brother and was there for me and my brother. I was glad God blessed me with another good friend to be in my life.

I have been taught to always appreciate everything in life. I should appreciate the people I have met and places I have been. You do not know if you will see those people and places again so the best thing to do is enjoy every second in life and make the most out of it. This is something I will continue to believe till the day I leave this Earth.