This I Believe

Alicia - 66086
Entered on May 15, 2006
Age Group: Under 18
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Just Be You

I believe it’s always best to be yourself. It’s more difficult trying to be someone you’re not; you’re always worrying about what to do next. Some words of wisdom from Raskelflats, “It’s better to be hated for who you are then loved for who you’re not!” I found this true in my own life. You go through life trying to impress others and end up forgetting about yourself!

In 8th grade I finally realized how true this really is. I thought the way to enjoy life was to be cool, popular/like others. Was I ever wrong?! I tried many things to accomplish that goal.

One thing was clothes. I found myself uncomfortable, always worrying if others could tell I was unsure of myself. It was so hard to figure out what to wear when I wasn’t wearing what I liked. Why in the world wear something if you yourself don’t like it? I guess to be acceptance, but now I’m thinking I’d rather be accepted for ME!!! I was accepted by them, but I didn’t accept myself.

It wasn’t only clothes; sometimes I’d say something that wasn’t me. I was always trying to say just the right thing, at just the right time. This made my life more complicated and stressful.

Towards the end of my 8th grade year I finally woke up and smelled the roses. Everything I was feeling became clear to me. I realized I wasn’t enjoying life. I wasn’t having fun anymore, doing what others enjoyed. I was too worried about what to say or do next. Now I’m able to live my life as me and no one else!

I no longer worry about what people think of me, at least not near as much. I let MY personality shine! I say what I want to say (I am no longer afraid to share my faith in Jesus Christ). In a way, me being okay with myself has even helped me write this paper on my own personal belief. If I were still worried of what others thought, I wouldn’t have mentioned a lot of things included in this paper. I’ve definitely realized when I try to be someone I’m not I always end up feeling uncomfortable, and immature.

There’s no good reason to be someone you’re not. If people don’t like you for you then they’re really not worth your time. You don’t need a friend that’s trying to change who you are. Just think about it. What good is it to be loved by others when you’re acting like someone else?

Life is easier to live when you’re being yourself. People will still like you when you’re being you. Those who don’t, you don’t need them anyway. This belief has helped me grow to be a better person. I’m now able to respect myself and others better. I don’t try to change anyone or keep them from being themselves. Remember to always be yourself so you can live a happier life as YOU!