This I Believe

Joe - Mahwah, New Jersey
Entered on May 15, 2007
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: forgiveness
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Maybe it is because several times I have been given these, or maybe its just the

way i think it should be, but I wholeheartedly believe in second chances. People

make mistakes and it’ s necessary, I belive, to give them a chance at making it


I can remember back to my junior year in highschool where I had been dating this

young lady Megan for about half a year. Everything had been going well and this

developing relationship continued growing, untill I was cought “smiling and

chatting” as my girl so elequantly put it, with a previous girlfriend. My

meaningless conversation with this ex had totally flipped my world upside down.

Normally one would think this small talk is meaningless but these two girls had

a mutual hate for eachother. From bitchy stares, to angry yells down the crowded

hallways they had it out for each-other. Megan my girlfriens of six months,

was now crying her eyes out, convinced our relationship was over. Calming her

down would not be an easy task. She was ready, with an extreamly rash decision I

may add, to break up with me at that very moment. Now i had really taken a

liking to this girl and knew I had to choose my next words carefully. So I

calmly sat there explaining to her how we were just passing in the hallway

making small talk. “I was just asking about or english paper,” I explained very

calmly to a devastated Megan. “I never meant to make you angry, you gotta

believe me, I’d do anything to prove this to you,” I continued.

Now I dont want to gross you out with the kissing and making up, but eventually

I was given my second chance. Megan realizing her rash decisions and me

apoligizing for my wrong doing put us back on track together. Sure it took a

whole lot of convincing but I would have tried as long as it took. Now if not

for this second chance I would not have been able to continue this relationship

with this beautiful young woman who is not only my girlfriend but best friend.

I’m greatful i was given a chance of redemption and I make sure now in my life

to give people these chances to make a bad situation better. For lack of better

words, shit happens, I believe giving someone the opprotunity to fix their

problems could be the best decision of your life.