Charyssa - Centerville, Utah
Entered on December 17, 2008

I am a sophomore in high school. High school is a really tough ‘world’. Everyday you deal with the pressure to be cool and impress your peers, you know to say and do the right things, even wear the right things. I don’t really get why. I like to look on the inside of people and choose my friends by their personalities. I don’t really care if they are popular or pretty, or dress really cool. I think it’s really cool when people share their opinions and don’t just do things because I do them. I don’t really have a certain cliché, I have friends from all different ones. I like having a variety of friends, they may not always get along but it’s cool to see how such different people can be such good friends.

Back when I was in seventh grade, I had a group of friends. We had been friends since elementary. Well I had other friends besides them and they didn’t exactly like that. They told me I needed to drop those friends because they weren’t really cool, which made both my friends and myself look bad. So, I told them that it didn’t matter to me if I was cool or not, and sadly to say, I lost those friends. To this day I still haven’t talked to those girls. The reason I chose the other friends is because they didn’t care who I hung out with, they just liked me for me.

I think in schools we are taught to judge people by their outside appearance and what cliché they are in, mostly by the things of the world. This world keeps changing over the years, and honestly, I think it is getting worse. By that I mean as people, we are greedy, cocky, judging, selfish and kind of rude. We all love ourselves so much, that sometimes we can’t love others nearly as much as ourselves. The funny thing is though, we love to change ourselves, so we can fit in with the crowd.

I believe that we should love everyone, no matter what. I think that with time we could have world peace, or at least close enough. I hope with the new generations this world can get better, like the environment, and the way we treat people.