This I Believe

Stephen - Centennial, Colorado
Entered on November 15, 2007
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: death

Life is a day to day process that brings us closer to what we trying to accomplish in our lives. I believe we don’t always know what were trying to accomplish. Some people think it is about getting closer to a birthday; for others each new day is a chance to try new things. For me it was a chance to grow. When I was younger I went through some really tough times. My Grandfather passed away in 2002. This did not affect me in a powerful way until I was in the seventh grade. The summer before, I had been in a terrible car accident and had suffered serious trauma. That is when my grandfather’s death hit me really hard. My brother had suffered a terrible head injury in the car accident and I became scared for him. I would think about all the fun times we wouldn’t be able to have anymore. It hurts the heart and mind to do this. I became very depressed after this. A few months later I considered suicide. I felt I had fallen into a deep pit, a grave, and there was no way out. For me life was worthless because there was nothing to live for. But I was completely and totally wrong about that idea. You can be alive and live each day to the fullest.

I had found an escape ladder on the side of the pit. I had just started into Boy Scouts in a Christian troop. I began making new friends and found a new family. I am not totally sure what happened, but all of a sudden the name Stephen Field really meant something to me. I found a group that I could be part of and felt accepted with. I was happier and spent more time with my friends. However, life is never easy. You have to work through each day and then accept tomorrow when it comes. Life comes at you fast. If you don’t take the time to look around, you are going to miss it. It may seem that there is no light at the end of the tunnel. When there is no possibility the sun could shine again, the sun comes out and shines brighter then it ever had before. Life may seem to be crashing down around you, but there is always hope. Hope is what makes us strong.

Life is something we only get one chance at and we must learn from our mistakes and the mistakes of others or life will become worthless to us. If we don’t live then we won’t really die. Death is a natural part of life, but it should not happen to those who have not fulfilled what they were meant to do. Every life has value and should never be thrown away or wasted this I believe.