This I Believe

Chelsey - Buda, Texas
Entered on September 4, 2007
Age Group: Under 18

I believe in the people that make a difference. I believe that I can be one of them. Even though sometimes I may not agree with some of their views and opinions, I still admire their bravery and courage to stand up for what they believe in.

I see people on the news that are protesting, I read articles about an organization that finally won their trial. I come home, turn on Oprah and watch as people tell their story of making a difference. I’m in awe as I watch people risk their life to show others the truth. For instance, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers started about 25 years ago and look at them now. Peoples’ lives are saved everyday because of their efforts to make their voices heard. Sometimes I ask myself how can these people be so dedicated to their belief system, how are they able to try and try again when it seems that no one else cares. I believe that that moment, when you know you’ve affected someone’s life, no one can take that away from you.

Although there are plenty of people that are devoted to their beliefs, there’s still many that aren’t. It can be something simple; an example would be Taco Bell getting your order wrong. Instead of going back and getting your correct order, you let them get away with it. Instead of telling your friend you like the blue one, you tell her the puke green color looks just fine. Instead of admitting that, yes, that dress really does make her look fat; you take the easy route and say no. I realize that these are all minuscule things that could happen to anyone, but if you don’t start small then where do you start?