This I Believe

Sam - Heber, Utah
Entered on December 20, 2007
Age Group: Under 18
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Sam Witt

“This I Believe” Essay


The Importance of Family and Friends

I decided to write my essay about the importance of family and friends. I believe that if a person that has a good family and good friend that are a good influence than they have the foundation to reach their potential. But if a person comes from a family where the parents are not ever around and they have friends that are not a very good influence then they will probably not reach their full potential. But some times in a rare occasion that person will excel past the person that has a good family and friends. I think that while a good family and friends are a good foundation in ones life they cannot be too reliant on them for help when they are getting ready to go out in to the world because then when they get out there they will still be looking to their parents of help and support and some parents don’t help their kids after they leave the house, because it is no longer their responsibility.

I also believe that another importance of having a good family and friends is that if you start to struggle in life then that is where you learn if your friends are true friends and also your family. If you suffer the loss of a loved one then most of the time your family and friends will help you get through it as much as they can, and they can also be a source of comfort during the year but especially during the holidays. Because even if you have no one else you will always have you family and your true friends.

I also believe that you must choose your friends wisely. most of the time friends will come and go, but every once in a while you will come across a friend that will stay with you anywhere that you go and always be with you through all the hard times. And some times you will come across people who will use you for money, or other things and when those thing run out and you need help they will suddenly disappear and they will be gone and leave you to deal with the bills of their fun. But a true friend will always be there for you just like a family and they will help you with what ever you need. And that is the importance of having good friends and family. “While it is always good to believe in ones self some encouragement and help from others can be a great blessing”. that is a quote that i found on line but it didn’t say who said it. But i think that quote is a good one because it explains my whole essay. This i believe.