This I Believe

Elizabeth - Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Entered on May 10, 2005
Age Group: 18 - 30

At first I wanted to say that I believe in truth and honesty but then I realized that would be hypocritical because I lie to my parents, my friends and even myself. So I eventually came to the conclusion that I believe in the humanity of mankind. I believe that one person reaching out to another can be life altering.

Two years ago my parents forced me to go a church trip with my new church’s high school youth group. I was reluctant and complained for the weeks leading up to the trip. Now my luck with these church trips in the past were to say the least pretty bad. When I was in junior high my parents forced me to go on a trip similar to this with our previous church, which resulted with my alienation and week of torture. So needless to say going on this next trip didn’t really excite me but in fact made me cringe. I was in the same dilemma as the time before; leaving my family for a week with strangers, and absolutely no friends.

When we arrived there were what seemed like millions of high-school students wandering around the streets of Atlanta. I hadn’t really realized that this trip was a convention of youth groups from all over the country. It was a completely different experience from what I thought it would be. For starters I quickly became close friends with another member from my church named Jackie. I also became close to the other members of the church, thanks to our leader Mrs. Fry. She helped me feel welcomed and included in all of the activities that were going on. So instead of being alone and pitied like on my last trip I felt like I was a part of the “group.” Now this seems like a stupid thing to say but when you are fourteen or fifteen years old it’s all that is important because if you aren’t in the “group” then you are nothing. It seems like a small insignificant thing but really it meant all the world to me.

I never thought that just one person reaching out to me could make me feel so complete. That’s why I believe that it’s our job to at least try and reach out to another person. So I decided that my future career will be to become a teacher, so that I can help and reach out to children that I see our in need. I think that this is extremely important and I just want to be a positive role model. I know that nobody is perfect and I know that I myself am far from it but even so I can make a difference in someone else’s life.