Jenna - Dallastown, Pennsylvania
Entered on May 16, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: carpe diem
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“Learn as if you were to live forever; live as if you were to die tomorrow (anonymous).” I’d have to say that whenever and wherever I am, I’m always trying to learn new things and I’ll keep doing that until my days are over. On the other hand, the second line is somewhat the opposite of me. It means live life to the fullest and don’t let anyone stop you. At times I’m shy and let great opportunities pass me by, even though I’ll regret them in the future. I want to get over my shyness and do the things I know I’d like, however I’m afraid of what others will think. I believe this quote has a great meaning that everybody should live by, “take chances, have fun, and don’t be afraid to be yourself, because that’s the real person people want to see.” Living life to the fullest is what “I” believe.

Many people waste their lives blending IN with the crowd, but that’s not getting them noticed. We have only one life, so why blend IN when you can stand OUT? I believe this because you lose more than you gain. Going through life being timid is just going to make you miss out on a lot of good experiences.

“Jenna, you’re not shy!” one of my best friends told me, but the truth is I actually am. So I’m not shy when I’m around friends and family, but behind closed doors I’m very self-conscious. For the last few years I’ve been trying to let people see the “real” me whose brave, crazy and fun. I’ve realized I want people to like me for me and I don’t care what anyone else thinks. It’s your style and personality that makes you, you, not someone else’s opinion. I believe everyone is unique in their own way and we should value that. Without those people who are different and weird, our world would be plain and there’d be nothing to celebrate. This “I” believe.

The inspiring words “you can do it, I have faith in you,” came from one of my basketball coaches. He wanted this to mean when something goes wrong, keep moving forward. When you come to a block in the road, there’s always another way around it. So if you’re shy, try to find other ways to overcome it. I’ve learned that being yourself and taking chances gets you further than being shy and laid-back. You don’t want friends who like you for who you’re trying to be, you want people to like you for the “real” you. I know shyness is hard to overcome, but when you think about it, what are you getting from being bashful? Nothing. You’re just missing out.

Living life to the fullest is what “I” believe. Not everyone knows when their life is about to end, so make it worthwhile now, or when you least expect it, you won’t have another chance. “The life given us by nature is short, but the memory of a life well spent is eternal (Cicero).”