This I Believe

Alex - Leawood, Kansas
Entered on April 16, 2007

This I Believe

Remember the saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words may never hurt me?” Well I believe that words can hurt. Words can leave a big hole in ones heart that can last for a long time. Words can hurt a four year old, a 14 year old, an 84 year old, and anybody in between. I believe that everyone has had this experience in their life at least once, and let me tell you, it is the worst feeling in the world.

I specifically remember in 7th grade when I was walking by my so-called “friend”, and I heard her whispering about something. The tone in her voice did not sound good, and the one word I was dreading to hear, she said it, “Alex did this…hahaha.” I remember previously in the week slipping in the cafeteria and having my food go everywhere. And the worst part was, the boy who I had the biggest crush on was standing right beside me and got a mashed potato shower. My “friend” was talking about that day with another girl and they couldn’t stop laughing. I was so hurt the rest of that day until a week later she apologized.

You will never be able to go back in time and change things, but you can have second chances. It all depends on the way you look at it, how you say it and if you really mean it. My friend came up to me a week later after she had seen my self- esteem go way down and apologized to me for what she had done. I forgave her and believe it or not, we became closer. We are now best friends.

Forgiving and forgetting is the best way to go. Words cut deep; it’s a way of life. It’s those people who shape who are today. Without those people, you wouldn’t know what sadness is, the cutting feeling in your heart, or the feeling of embarrassment that makes you want to crawl up into a ball then disappear. Admit it, we have all been through this and will continue to go through it the rest of our lives.