Respect is Bliss

Cristina - San Diego, California
Entered on May 1, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: family, respect
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Respect is Bliss

I am a twin. My twin and I are fraternal twins, born with a 17 minute difference. I shared everything with her from the moment we were created. We shared womb, parents, siblings, friends, crib, room, food, clothes and any imaginable thing there is to share. With this in mind, I would think we would turn out to be pretty similar in our own ways. Anyone that knows both of us well enough, knows this is not the case.

My twin and I have always been different in our ways. She loves to cook, I don’t. I love arts and crafts, she doesn’t. Whenever I would say white, she said black and vice versa. The history of not agreeing with each other goes back to the moment we were born. It took a little bit of time and patience, and some good old fights to realize we indeed were different people with very different personalities. One day, when I was mature enough to think and ponder and was tired of fighting with my dearest twin sister, I asked my self: Why are we so different? I later realized I was asking my self the wrong question. I understood that the fact that we are different did not matter. What really matters is the fact of being able to accept each other’s differences and embrace them. With this in mind I would like to state that I firmly believe respect is bliss.

I truly believe respect is the ability to have a sense of excellence for myself and for others. I believe that I should respect myself in the sense of respecting my own mind, body and emotions. I think respecting me goes a long way and guides me to become a happy person, accepting fully the way I am. Once I respect myself it leads me to respect and accept others in the same exact manner. It directs me to have a sense of worth for every human being in the world.

As I grew to learn to respect myself for the person I was and the one I would become, I also learned to respect the person my twin was developing into and the one that she was intended to be from the moment she was born. With the blessing of having a twin sister, life has taught me a lesson of respect. It has showed me that it essential to respect one another in order to live in harmony. It has made me comprehend that no matter how similar or different humans can be, respect is the key to a blissful life.