This I Believe

Ramon - knoxville, Tennessee
Entered on April 30, 2007
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: integrity
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Be Yourself at All Times

Being yourself is extremely hard these days. People worry about what everyone else thinks of them instead of just being themselves at all times. When I was younger I always wanted to wear the best things and do what everyone else did so I wouldn’t get made fun of at school because I saw how the other kids who were different got treated. I believe that everyone is different or weird in their own ways. Making fun of someone because of they way they dress or act is wrong and it took me a long time to realize what I was doing was not only wrong but possibly hurtful to others.

It started in middle school and lasted until I was getting ready to graduate from high school. I always made fun of other people who weren’t with the crowd or who weren’t fortunate enough to have the things that me and my friends had. Until one day I decided I would dress “weird” just to see how my so called friends and other people that I didn’t know would treat me. I walked into school that morning thinking this isn’t going to be that bad, but it was. As soon as I walked into the school I was stared at like I wasn’t the same person who looked hip and cool the day before. My friends looked at me like I was an idiot and laughed at me all day. People I didn’t know called me a freak and ridiculed me for the clothes I was wearing, and to be honest it was one of the worst feelings I felt in my life. At the end of the day I felt horrible and wondered if this was the same way people felt when I made fun of them for the way they dressed or acted. At that moment I realized that I was wrong and regretted the things that I had been doing for years. I also wondered if the people I hung out with would even continue to be my friends if I kept dressing the way I did. I felt worse than ever and realized that some people have that same feeling every single day. From that moment on I told myself I would never do that to anyone again and that I would never do anything to make me look cool. I believe you should always be yourself no matter what because if someone doesn’t like you for who you are then you probably shouldn’t associate yourself with them anyways. I also believe that you shouldn’t go outside wondering what other people think of you because you have no control of what someone else thinks and it is pointless to worry yourself over something you cannot control.