This I Believe

Georgia - Ridgewood, New Jersey
Entered on September 16, 2007
Age Group: 65+

This I believe. I believe that I can live my life being a good person, caring of my family and living out my dreams.

I believe I can be a good person by being courteous and considerate to strangers and people I know. I can control my urges to build my own importance and ego at the expense of others. I can perform one or two acts of kindness every day. I don’t have to do much. I can let a driver have the right of way. I can give a seat to an elderly person which I hardly ever see nowadays. I can say thank you and you’re welcome. I believe driving carefully is being a good person. I don’t have to speed or have road rage. I can drive defensively in order to not hurt pedestrians, little children, dogs, elderly people, etc.

I believe I can care for my family. As a grandmother, I can baby-sit, take the grandchildren to doctor’s appointments, talk to them, read to them and, generally, be nurturing towards them. I can be supportive to my grown children by listening and knowing when they need me and when they don’t.

Finally, I can live out my dreams. I can take charge of my life and make sure I do the activities that make me feel good. I don’t have to wait for others to make time for me. I can make my own time to do hobbies and chores that give me a sense of accomplishment. I can leave my own imprint on this world by being creative. I don’t have to be powerful or famous. I don’t have to sacrifice my values and family. I can have it all, on my terms.

As long as I live out my beliefs, I think I have had a successful life. I can enjoy, maybe be tired, stressed or overworked, but I will have done everything possible to pursue my happiness.