This I Believe

Chelsea - Fort Worth, Texas
Entered on December 13, 2007
Age Group: 18 - 30

This I Believe

Some things in life can simply be proven by experience, without the facts. Love, magic, and faith are just a few things that cannot be explained, but continue to intrigue and inspire people significantly. I believe everything happens for a reason. Some say they learn by personal experiences, and then there are those who can learn from other peoples’ experiences. Regardless of the way people learn, certain instances will still cross their mind and possibly change the way they live and learn.

I am told what I have accomplished in my life is inspiring and, in some people’s opinion, a miracle. It is difficult to say I know my struggles with severe depression and anorexia throughout adolescence were unendurable, because I cannot help but to compare them to the genocides and other unimaginable wars I was saved from experiencing. Compared to the way the majority of the people in this world live, I have skated through life gracefully and fortunately. Compared to the American society and the ideal way students at credible universities have grown up and lived, however, I have a dark, and sometimes unacceptable difference. I know from my own experiences since my adolescent years that everything happens for a reason. Though I still grow sad thinking of the days of my past, I realize how far I have come and all I have learned since then. I now believe what hurt my family, altered my existence forever, and in the worst case, could have killed me, was the best thing that ever happened to me, and was also a growing experience for my loved ones. Because of this experience I now have decided my goal in life is to help people and I want to do what it takes to make that dedication to society. In fact, family friends have asked me to help members of their family cope with their struggles with mental illness. I want people of any age to know there are people who can relate close enough for them to feel understood, something I had little of. I know personal experience is just a bonus that goes along with competence in social work, but that bonus could have an exceptional impact on a life, and a family. I realize now, what was not seen to be even close to a gift at the beginning, is now an extraordinary gift that helps me help others.

Although I do not acknowledge my theory daily, when I take it into consideration, it drastically alters my outlook. Today, I am especially thankful to be at a wonderful university, have a fantastic family, and an amazing enthusiasm for helping those in need. The Lord put me on this earth for a reason, and because of the, at one time, worst thing I have ever experienced, I now know it will forever be the best. I am a true story behind my theory, everything happens for a reason.