This I Believe

Seth - Houston, Texas
Entered on September 10, 2007
Age Group: Under 18

I believe that castles made of sand, fall into the sea, eventually. These words sang by Jimmy Hendrix’s song “castles made of sand” sum up one of the fundamental things I believe in. This morning when I turned on my car, this song that I’ve heard at least ten times came on. I never really listened to the lyrics closely before, but today I was only one third asleep. After thinking about what Hendrix was trying to say in this song, I realized that the castles made of sand falling into the sea was a metaphor for all good things in life come to an end. I am one hundred percent sure that nobody can argue about the joy of building a sand castle and the anguish of seeing it disappear into high tide. This song also got me to ponder about things in life that bring joy but conclude negatively.

The four things that connected me to this song is summer ending, one’s first love, waking up abruptly after a good nights sleep, and life is too short, so we must enjoy it while we can. My summers consist of me going to camp. At camp people say a day is like a week, a week is like a month, and a month is like a year. But in reality it is all a fast paced blur, which ends in tears by ten year olds to seventeen year olds. Similarly when someone has their first love they feel that they are on top of the world and everything is going their way. However once they break up their worlds come crashing down and they feel like everything they do is wrong. The third thing this song connected me too may seem cynical but there is no worse feeling then hearing my alarm and rolling out of bed. The fourth thing is that I feel that Hendrix is a perfect example for living life to the fullest while they can, because he died early. His lyrics might have foreshadowed his fate but they surely put life into a different context.