I Believe in Independence

Shanta - Jacksonville, Florida
Entered on February 13, 2009

I believe in independence. It’s something about the challenges in life that

Keep me coming back for more; it makes me want to better myself you know

Do well for my self. It’s like I have a natural rush to want to complete

Everything, like pays my bill and pays them on time, and finishes everything I start. As a child I learned what the word independence was before I could spell it. Pass experience taught me that being independent is what keeps you alive. Growing up that way has taught that nothing in life comes easy, and that I could do anything I put my mind to. It’s my life, my sole reason for getting up everyday. It’s what keeps me rising until I get to the top.

One reason I choose to be independent is because everybody has a reason for believing, and my life is no different from anyone else’s. It’s like a game. Except it is real life to me there is something about the challenges that keep me coming back for more. When I need money t work for it, when I need clothes on my back I pay for them and when it comes down to food I always help my mother put food on the table. I play this game and I believe that I play it well.

As a child I learned the meaning of the word independence and exactly what it mints before I could spell it. And I say this because in elementary school I started my first little business in school selling candy, fun size candy bars, skittles, M&M and gum. Shortly after my brother started stilling the candy and I gained all the profit .At this point and time I did not no that he was stilling it I found that out a few years later. I was making $35.00 weekly, when I got in middle school I had enough money to buy my product from Sam,s Club at this time business was booming I was making between $30.00 to $50.00 a day. By the time I reached high school I was in the big time I was selling soda’s slim jims chips, cookies, you name I just about had it, my income was between $400.00 and $500.00 bi-weekly.

I was earning money faster then I could count it. I had few section where I would make my money in the morning on the school bus when I got to school at my locker, in between classes and most of my profit came in at lunch this was really when I made my money.

Past experience has taught me that being independent is what kept me on track. I say this because with more money comes more problems. Now with that being said I had to find more ways to make more money. My mother could not do it all alone and by me being the oldest I had to make a move so I went out and found a job at the Jacksonville Zoo. It didn’t pay much but it helps my mother our a lot. And also gave me more money for my candy business. And it was nice having two incomes.

I’ve seen it all from being broke, to not having food on the table or anything else. And with all of those problems I stayed in school and made good grades now I am in college. I didn’t sell drugs nor did I ever even once think about doing drugs. I have always had a good head on my shoulders and I always knew that I wanted something good out of life. From what I have learned from past life experience life is what you make of it. The challenges I faced as a child and as a young adult want break me but it will make me a better person. Like my mom told me seeing is believing and I believe in independence because I came, I saw, and I conquered.