This I Believe

Alyssa - Manlius, New York
Entered on December 9, 2007
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: work
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Life’s hard, get a helmet. The first time that I heard this was when I was younger when I was watching Boy Meets World one day with my brothers. At first I didn’t understand what this meant, but soon after I discovered that it means that life is very hard you just have to fight through. This phrase really stuck in my head ever since that day and I believe that it’s a good philosophy for someone to live by.

It has taught me that I should never give up whenever things get hard throughout my life. If everyone just gave up whenever things got tough, than no one would ever be able to accomplish anything. Our country itself would be completely different and our world would have no new inventions or ways of life. And nobody would even want to bother doing anything because moving would be too much work. This is why you have to fight through the obstacles that you face and you will only get stronger from them.

I feel that this outlook of life is similar to riding a bike. When you are learning to ride a bike you struggle a lot and all you want to do is stop trying and give up. But you have everyone around you pushing you to succeed and to keep trying. And they are always there to catch you when you fall. Even if it takes you a couple hours or a whole month, once you have accomplished this task you are feeling like you are on top of the world. But for those who don’t keep trying and give up when things get rough they will never learn to ride that bike and it will effect their lives from that day on.

During my life I have had my share of challenging things that I have faced, but I had to be tough and get through them all. But of course I wasn’t alone during them all; I had my friends and family to back me up. Like when I was sick and in the hospital when I was younger they helped me get through all the difficult times. It’s good to know that whatever happens that you have people backing you up. And because of them I kept fighting and got through it all and didn’t let the sickness take over. If I did I would not be where I am today. These types of experiences only make a person stronger and better from them.

Recently I am fifteen years old and go to Fayetteville-Manlius High School. And just from my schoolwork I have learned how important this philosophy is. You never regret losing if you try your hardest and never give up, but if you don’t give your all then you will regret it. And don’t settle for anything less than your best. Everyday you should always be trying your hardest and no matter what happens don’t give up. This I believe.