This I Believe

Butler - Albany, Georgia
Entered on February 7, 2008
Age Group: Under 18

The Individual

I believe in the individual. The individual is a powerful body which provides diversity to the whole. The belief is power is found in number, but the power comes from the individual numbers- Have you never read Horton Hears a Who? No one can compare the individual because he or she is incomparable, an elite class. Even if a comparison were to be made, one could not possibly decide what aspect of life is more important and which part of the spectrum should be compared.

I may not be Valedictorian of my grade; I may not be the strongest person at school; I may not even be the nicest, most genial person, but who is to say that these are the most important traits in life? Who can make a comparison and judge about my individuality as a whole when they simply look at smarts, strength, or charisma? There are so many more facets of life that make up an individual. The individual has a very unique story to tell, unlike any other story heard. Every second of life and every event during those seconds make up the individual. I therefore presently have 529,631,085 seconds of life for people to understand before comparing me to another individual and their countless, forever increasing seconds. This story can never be fully told; I do not even remember the first hundred-thousands of seconds.

Part of my individual’s story can be told, however. A Macon born, Albany raised, family immersed, politically and scientifically inclined, signing, acting, dancing, juggling, magic performing, nice, content, cruel, malcontent, Spanish speaking, somewhat smart, somewhat funny, publicly introverted, privately extroverted, food loving, free loving, robust, cooking, compassionate, caring man trying to make it out of the adolescent high school years so that he can start his own family with two children four years apart and a lovely wife is just a small portion of my story. Everyone has a story like this, though none are similar when all aspects are integrated. Some are thin, some are round. Some are black, some are white. Some are short, some are tall, but “a person’s a person, no matter how small.”