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Claire - San Antonio, Texas
Entered on February 26, 2009
Age Group: Under 18

Claire Grose

2-20-09

English

This I Believe

I believe that people shouldn’t care what others think of them. Some change themselves to fit in or be accepted. When someone changes themselves just to fit into a group, I feel that they have let the words of someone else change who they are. It is disappointing to see someone change because of what others think of them.

I wake up every morning thinking about what I might do today and how others might think of me. Then I just think whatever: they don’t know anything about me and can’t say anything to make me feel bad because they are all wrong to think of me differently. I know I don’t talk a lot, but that is just so that no one can judge me on what I say or do. I don’t care really and no one else should care either. I just think to myself that they are wrong and should just mind their own business.

When I see or hear people talking negatively about another, I feel bad for that other person. Personally I don’t think that they did anything wrong and it annoys me that they take one fault about someone and make it into a giant disaster. I had a friend in middle school who used to be so cool and fun. But then she started to change and I didn’t have as much fun with her. Naturally we stopped being friends and then she left Winston and I haven’t talked to her since. She started hanging out with other girls who were totally different from the person she used to be. It was so sad to watch her change and see us grow apart.

I always try to find a seat in the back of a classroom or anywhere else so that no one can see me or judge me. But I do stand up for myself if someone comes up to me telling me that I’m a loser or I don’t do this right- from their point of view. I just block it out and don’t have a care in the world and think to myself that they should only care about themselves and not about my perceived faults. It does make me feel good when I can look in the mirror and know I could take on the world. I believe that people should not let what others think about them influence their lives.