This I Believe

kelsey - pleasant hill, Iowa
Entered on February 4, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30
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This I Believe

I believe in karma. Karma is the theory that if you do something good in life something good happens to you. “I am the owner of my karma. I inherit my karma. I am born of my karma. I am related to my karma. I live supported by my karma. Whatever karma I create, whether good or evil, that I shall inherit.” – Buddha. Life is full of choices and consequences to our actions, so if you are not careful karma will come back around.

When I was a freshman, I went about my days carefree and effortless, until

someone told me about karma. I believe that karma does not really affect your

life until you truly know the meaning of it.

During soccer season my team and I were playing West Des Moines, our rivals, in

the final match of the state tournament. I was not fond of anyone on that team,

so playing against them was always fun. My coach would tell me before every

match, “Leave everything on the field.” So that is what I did. Because it was

West Des Moines, I played more aggressively than any other game in the


The score was 2 – 2 and there was ten minutes left in the game. I had already

received a couple of fouls so the referee had his eyes on me. Now I’m not sure

if you know this but, girls talk a lot of “smack” out on the soccer field. A

West Des Moines player, number five, and I were going at it out of ear of the

referee and she was starting to make me mad. At this point there is only three

minutes left on the clock, number five has the ball and is on a break away to

the goal. Of course being the person I am I took off after her. You can’t talk

smack unless you can back it up. I ran as hard as I could and got within

touching distance of her. She was about to shoot so as a last resort I slid

tackled her. The referee came running over, pulled out a red card, and I was

sent off the field for a slide tackle from behind. Number five got a free kick

and scored. There was thirty seconds left on the clock and no chance in us


After the game I learned not to let my temper get the best of me. I will always

remember what my coach said to me, “What goes around comes around, learn to

control yourself or karma will nip you right in the butt.”

The best way to not be karmas next victim is to control your self no matter what

situation your in so it doesn’t all come back on you in the end.