This I Believe

ShaLisa - Bowling Green, Ohio
Entered on January 18, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30

Believe. Every individual has something or someone that they believe in. I think it is important for people to have something to believe in. I personally believe in being your self. It is so much easier for your peers to accept you if you are being yourself. So many people today try to be someone or something they are not and it is difficult to get to know someone if they are acting as if they are someone else. It is important to be comfortable with oneself. “IMITATION IS SUICIDE”, is the quote that reminds me to be myself regardless of the situation. In today’s world it is difficult to be yourself because the media gives us an image of who they say we should be. The media gives us false images of how we are suppose to dress, act, feel, and think. With the media strongly influencing peoples’ personal thoughts of themselves, it will become more difficult for the weak minded to be who they are and not something they see on television or in a magazine. But I also believe that if someone is strong minded and is comfortable with their body and image, then it will be difficult for the media to change their whole outlook on themselves. It is important to have a positive attitude about your self and to have self-confidence. Someone with low self-esteem and a negative attitude can easily be influenced by the media.

When I was younger my sister and I would always try to imitate what we saw on television or in the music videos. We would dress up as Destiny’s Child or 3LW, whoever was the hottest group during the time. We would say things like when I grow up I want to be like the hottest actress or the hottest singer. Since I have gained this belief, I want to grow up and be like myself. I want to be a wiser, stronger, better, me. I have always heard people say who they want to be like when they grow up. They always would give names of a celebrity basketball player, or a famous actress. What is wrong with being yourself and being better then they are when you “grow up”. It is always expected of you to walk in someone else is footsteps or live in someone else is shadow. But I create my own footsteps and I walk with my own shadow. I want someone to say when I grow up, I want be like ShaLisa. When they say this, it doe not mean so much as dressing, talking, or acting like me. It is more of being self-confident, goal oriented, having high-self esteem and most importantly being real.