What I Believe In
A belief is confidence and trust; my family represents my belief. I believe that family should be first and foremost. My family is truly the center of my life. Even though I am now nineteen, I know that I can still go to my family when I am in need.
My family consists of my parents and three older brothers: Mark, Jon, and Andy. Coming from a large family, I learned early in life that I could always rely on them. My brothers were very protective of me, so, I knew that I could trust them.
When I was five years old, we went on a fishing trip. I had never been in a fishing boat, and I was very frightened. Andy, the oldest, was driving the boat and assured me that he would be careful and not to worry. I was relieved because I knew that he would never let anything happen to me. Each of my brothers is special to me in a different way.
Mark, who is closest in age to me, is the least likely to show any emotions to anyone. He fishes in bass tournaments and is usually successful. We can relate when we are out fishing in the boat together because it is something he excels in and enjoys.
Jon, who is second to oldest, is kind and generous to me. For example, I purchased a fishing boat this summer that did not have a trailer, and as a graduation present, Jon gave me his old boat trailer. I was so appreciative of his gift.
Family gatherings are very important in my family. My parents have instilled the belief in all of us that holidays are for families. As we get older and our family gets larger, I am confident that we will never change our tradition. I am sure that my brothers share my feelings.
Trust and confidence are the foundation for a strong, united family. No matter how many friends that I have, no one can replace the bond that I have with each member of my family.
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