This I Believe

Kim - Okemos, Michigan
Entered on June 11, 2007
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: courage

I believe in courage. I believe that every person in the world, no matter if they are one year old or one hundred, needs courage to live their everyday life. When I moved to Michigan two years ago, you have no idea how scared I was, alone in a completely new and unfamiliar state. All I wanted to do was go back, back to what I knew and what I loved. Knowing I couldn’t do that, I moved on. I went to school, made new friends, and learned to love the new surroundings. It takes real courage to be able to move on, and to accept what you can’t change. When I think about it, I know it must take so much more courage to move to a completely new country than just a new state. The whole culture, language, clothes, everything is different. People do it everyday, whether it’s by choice, or force, they do it, and a lot of times they have no one helping them out. These people are alone in a world and all they really have is themselves, and their courage to move forward.

Another belief of mine is that it takes courage to love, not only people you truly like, but also the ones you don’t. I have been told many times that sometimes the people you hate the most are the ones you must learn to love and pray for. You can’t go through life hating people and not accepting that here on earth you aren’t going to love everyone. You must have the courage to love the ones you can’t change as well as the ones you already like.

Forgiving is another part of life that takes courage. People in your life are going to tear you down, break your heart, and ruin your trust, but you have to have the courage to forgive. The courage to know enough about your life to realize you have to be forgiving to those who are truly sorry, and even those who aren’t. You are going to have to face the facts and leave behind those who betray you and carry on with the people who are true in your life.

You would probably agree that we all believe in our own things, whether it’s religious beliefs, political beliefs, or even beliefs of what you can and can’t eat. Courageous people in this world are able to stand up for what they believe in and what they think is truly right for them. I think about the people in Iraq, fighting the war, and sacrificing their life for us everyday. What courage they must have to do that, and fight for what they believe in.

My final thought is that people were put here on earth together. Even though we may look different, talk a different language or believe in different things, we were put here as one. We, as the people living our lives here on this earth, must have the courage to move past the differences, and recognize we are really just one family.