I believe in simplicity.

Bethany - North Port, Florida
Entered on December 19, 2008
Age Group: Under 18

I believe in simplicity. There’s always someone who wants to fit a square into a circle. I am not in any way attempting to exclude myself from this list. Most people want and desire the newest gadgets, phones, and music players, but what most people don’t realize is that simplicity is key. I know from experience that bigger and more isn’t always better.

When I got my cell phone this year I was very excited. I always begging my mother for a phone and when she would reply with a hasty and thoughtless “I’ll think about it.” I would argue that it would pull us together because we would always to be able to communicate. The phone was a nice phone, nothing crazy that slid or flipped just an ordinary screen with a purple body and blue buttons; I was pleased with it none the less. I carried it with me everywhere and once I had owned it for a month or so I had become infatuated with the thing. I was using it 24-7, everywhere I went. What I hadn’t realized was that having a phone would be more responsibility. I began to fade from my family, which was way more important than any chain mail dripping with juicy gossip I would ever receive. Also, my grades began to drop. Eventually, I got my phone taken away as punishment, but it also opened my eyes. When I was spending quality time with my family and staying on task, my time spent was more valuable and enjoyable.

In the end I learned that sometimes when you think solving problems the easy way will benefit you the harder way would only have taken a little more effort and everything could have gone a lot more smoothly and taking the easy way out just causes more problems. Sometimes the old fashioned way is the only way to go just because it makes more sense and it is so much more efficient in the long run. I believe in simplicity.