This I Believe

Jonathan - East Falmouth, Massachusetts
Entered on April 9, 2007
Age Group: 18 - 30
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Where is heaven? Does this universe have no end? Are there ghosts floating right beside me as I write this essay? Also, what is SPAM really made out of, and why do corndogs really taste that good?

This is what I believe in, wonderment.

I believe that this kind of curiosity or puzzlement belongs in our lives, not as something that we can’t find the answers for, but as something that is inside us that drives us to become who we really are and what we can strive to achieve. Many people wonder what the afterlife is like, what is the point of our existence when we only live a tiny fraction of the world’s history? Where do we go? Do we go to a Heaven? Where is Heaven? How is it? Are there unlimited free stands of Pizza, soda and sweets with an unlimited appetite to fend upon? Are there amusement parks where the children have free rides on roller coasters that never break down? Are there no tragedies, no sickness or sadness? I imagine so, because wondering what my heaven is brings it into a somewhat comfortable perspective that is real to me, somewhere where I can reach to. So I know that in this world, I can be somewhere that is my heaven.

Also many other things puzzle me or tickle my curiosity as they say, like these mysterious horrible monsters that roam our planet. The mystery of the lockness monster is still alive today; how do we know it is a monster? Why not an adorable, friendly prehistoric creature that happens to be camera-shy? What about the abominable snowman or the Sasquatch? Maybe they just like living in private around nature living in peace and tranquility. I see nothing wrong with that and I like to wonder or believe that to be so. My curiosity drives me onto other things more significant to me other than just the unexplainable or the imaginable. I believe that having curiosity takes you places you wouldn’t dare build the courage to go or want to work for to achieve. To be amazed or to be in wonderment, you have to take your puzzled mind, motivated by your curiosity, and drive it farther than your expectations of yourself would allow, in order to become amazed or alive in this world. We all attempt to live a successful life, with a nice house with a white picket fence, fast car, great family, or even become famous, but this doesn’t matter if you are not marveled by something or create something yourself that make others in awe, because then really you don’t have something different to see everyday in life, you wouldn’t be living it, you would just let it pass by and grow you older until you regret not taking a risk or challenge your curiosity.

I believe someday, I will be 2000 ft over the ground, ready to jump out of a cargo plane ready to fell what it is like to fly, even if I will hit the ground with the only thing supporting me is a piece of cloth tied to a string. I believe someday, I will make music, even if it isn’t heard, to enjoy what it is like to create true harmony. Finally, I believe that my life won’t be wasted, I will taste what is beyond my curiosity and know how being amazed or in wonderment really is.

They say curiosity killed the cat, well let it be so, but at least the cat was willing enough to die living, not letting it pass by, not seeing what it truly beholds. This is why I believe in wonderment.