This I Believe

Dale - Garden City, Michigan
Entered on April 21, 2007

Growing Up

There comes a time in our adult lives, when its time to stop wishing for things to happen the way that you want them to happen. You learn to accept that things will not always go your way and some times you have to just wake up, dust the dirt off and start all over again. You realize that the childhood dreams you had of growing up and saving the world aren’t going to happen but that being the father that you are is more important than the childhood dreams were. You look into your children’s eyes and realize that you may not be saving the world with your super hero powers you always wanted, but you are shaping a whole new generation… And really, how many people can say that??

You hear the scream in your head to stop fighting yourself on every decision you make. Stop questioning the life that you lead and just start enjoying it. Stop worrying that you are missing out on what you don’t have and just enjoy what you do have. You realize that the man that you have turned out to be, while it may not please everyone, or anyone, for that matter is fine as long as you are ok with it. You understand and come to terms with the fact that you love yourself and the life you have chosen.

I believe we need to stop blaming each other for the problems that we create in our own lives and just start taking responsibility for our own actions. It’s not ok to act out in violence towards anyone because of their race, creed, or status in the world. We are responsible for the life we lead and if we aren’t happy then the only one we have to blame is ourselves for not taking the steps to change our lives.

I believe that its time that we stop complaining about the things we don’t like in our world and our government and we start taking some action for it. It’s our generation that is going to lead the world someday and its time that we take a stand for it now. Stop whining that things aren’t going our way and start taking action. Make our voices heard!! Find something to advocate for and do it. I believe we need to reassess and redefine who we are and what we really stand for.

I believe that its time that we all realize that we deserve to be treated with respect and love and compassion towards one another and we should not settle for less anymore. I believe that we need to remember the manners we were taught in kindergarten. Say please and thank you. Be courteous. Be gentle. Be forgiving. I believe that we need to treat our bodies with more respect as well. Treat them right. Drink lots of water and eat healthier in order to be more responsible for the next generation that is looking to us to teach them how to live.

I believe that people get in life what they believe they deserve. If people do not have the self confidence to believe that they should receive the best out of their lives and they lack the motivation to achieve that, then they will certainly fail themselves, and only themselves. I believe that we need to remember that discipline, perseverance and self respect is what will help us to achieve the truly fulfilling things in our lives and that there is no easy way out. Any thing that is worth doing is worth doing right.

I believe that we all need to learn that fear only breeds hate and ignorance only breeds prejudice. I believe that the world is generally a good place and while I have lost my childhood innocence, I have learned that I need to protect the next generation from losing theirs. I need to teach them how to age gracefully, be compassionate and trust themselves like I have learned to. I believe that its time to make peace with ourselves.