Michaela - Johnstown, Colorado
Entered on April 8, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: respect
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I believe in respect. I believe that everyone deserves equal respect, even if we don’t always receive the same positive attitude back. Whether they are our favorite person or not, we should treat every human being equally.

When I was in about fifth grade, my teacher kept loosing my work for about three weeks straight, and just assumed I wasn’t doing my class work so I wasn’t going to turn anything in. When she lost my work for about the third or fourth time, I was flunking the class. I got yelled at and lectured daily for supposedly not doing my work. I felt horrible. First, my teacher actually thought I’d be the type of person to lie to her. Next, I was just tiered of getting yelled at daily for not reason. I was mad at her, but I tried to calm down and still show my esteem for her as a teacher. Sure, I was furious, but my teacher was probably just as mad at me. I mean, she thought I wasn’t doing any of my work for over a month and refused to turn anything in. Yet, on the other hand, I had to understand she was just trying to do her job, and I’ll have to except that. When she finally found my work, she said to me slightly ashamed, “I’m very sorry for blaming you for all the lost work and I know I haven’t treated you very fairly or respectful. Please forgive me.” This story shows how respect is involved in everything and how you should always use it.

Even if we don’t always receive the same respect back, it is still important to show it. We all know how it feels to be treated poorly or been bullied, so we should always be kind. Have you ever been teased about your looks? If you haven’t, it’s not fun. I knew someone who got teased daily about her appearance and because of it, she cried almost every night and always said how much she hates herself and her life. Although my friend was treated horribly, she would always treat everyone kindly and respectful. She lived by the golden rule; treat others how you would like to be treated.

Finally, you can always show respect if you try. Never say you can’t show it for someone just because you don’t like them, because it’s not true. It might take a little extra effort to do it, but you can. I hope you can understand that we all deserve to be treated equal. We need to learn to accept people even thought they might be a little different from us.

As you can see, I truly believe in respect and showing it. There are so many ways and reasons to show it. Showing it is one of the easiest things you do.