This I Believe

Elizabeth - Erie, Colorado
Entered on May 3, 2007
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: change, family
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Change is hard but it is vital. I have to step out

of my ‘bubble’ to become stronger. My ‘bubble is my

comfort zone, it is my happy place. I like it there, it’s familiar and it’s safe, but living in my ‘bubble’ prevents change; and

without change there is no growth.

Some of the changes I have gone through have been

painful; but somehow I always end up stronger, and in

a better place from where I started. This is what I


My freshman year of high school I went to a public

school for the first time. I had been home schooled

through 6th grade and then went to a Christian school.

Throughout my whole life I had been sheltered by my

parents, they were doing it for my own good, but I had

very few social skills. I was well mannered and very

respectful, but I didn’t know how to interact with

kids my age. I was used to dealing with adults, and

other ‘well mannered’ kids.

My first year of high school I barely talked to

anyone besides the one person I knew. But soon enough

she had other friends and I

didn’t because, I still didn’t talk much. Then, I

switched schools were again I didn’t know anyone. I

was forced outside my comfort zone,

into a new environment, and had to learn how to make

friends. It was really hard coming into a school

sophomore year because everyone had their cliques and

friends, most of whom had been friends for a

while. I had to put myself out there, and force

myself to talk to people, even if I didn’t know them.

Going through that drastic change helped me so much,

I’ve gained so much confidence and I am not afraid to

talk to people. I have become a much stronger person,

and it never would have happened if I hadn’t switched

schools and gone through those experiences.

My parents are in the middle of a divorce, and I

recently moved in with my dad. My mom had a hard time

and she made it difficult for my dad and I.

It was hard, because I was trying to figure out

how to deal with her, and everything else in my crazy

life. We had been extremely close until her boyfriend

moved in, so not being close to her was extremely difficult.

Moving out was probably one of the hardest

things I have done, but it was so good for me and it’s

the best thing I could have done. Their divorce is

nearing the end, and my relationship with my mom is

improving. Everything has settled down, and become

less stressful. When I moved out of my mom’s

house I also moved out of my comfort zone, but I

gained a relationship with my dad, and have found a

strength, inside myself, that I never knew I had

I cannot grow without change. I know both of my parents will always be there to support me but going through this experience I proved to myself that I am strong enough to do anything.

Change is hard, but it is vital; this I believe.