This I Believe

Dillon - sapulpa, Oklahoma
Entered on March 15, 2007
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: respect

Respect can mean many different things to people but I know it means to respect people’s feeling, possessions, and body. I see people hurting other people’s feelings all the time at school, which is disrespectful. People never think about what they are doing until they have already done it. When you let one of your friends barrow a CD or a game and when they give it back to you all scratched up I believe that they should have respect for your stuff since you are their friends. Now people are doing drugs everywhere I turn and they try to get me to do it but I always say no.

When I was in fifth grade someone asked me if I wanted to get “high” with them. They said it would be “cool” if I did it. I still refused because that’s what my parents always told me to do. The next morning I woke up and I saw those same kids on the news dead, they said they ran across the street and got hit, but I know why they got hit. They were high and didn’t know what they’re doing. I laid in my bed that night thinking “what if I would have gone with them?” then I knew that I had made the right decision, because I would not want to be like them and had just died over a dumb decision that they made. Believe it or not, I actually told my mom earlier that day I met those kids, and I told her the whole story about that day. She was very proud that I didn’t make a wrong decision and didn’t get myself injured or worse, killed.

After that experience with the two boys and seeing what happened to them I decided that I’m staying away from drugs. I never want to do drugs because I’ve seen my

friends on them and they end up not being very “noticed” or “cool” just because they do drugs. So I learned that I can be just like them, cool and happy without being on drugs ruining my life. I BELIVE IN RESPECT.