This I Believe

Audrey - San Diego, California
Entered on June 4, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: humanism
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Through all of the influential beliefs in my life, the few beliefs I can filter out are my beliefs of similarity, individualism, and collaboration. I chose these beliefs because I think they are important. They all relate to everyday living and they all are very meaningful to the world as a whole. Without these things, the world would be a boring place to live.

Yes, everyone is different, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t similar. Whether you prefer going outdoors to play sports or you crave confinement in an air-conditioned classroom, there are always people out there who would think the same. Sometimes, you may feel alone or abandoned, but somewhere out there, even if it’s ten states away, there is someone feeling so too. Even through loneliness and rejection, there is always someone that wants to meet you because they are just like you; you just haven’t met them yet. True, it’s not something for sure; it’s my own opinion. But still, the world is full of roots. Roots can have their own qualities and go their own way, but they always lead back to a tree. Even if you want to be your own plant, you still influence and create roots that relate back to you.

The same goes for people who want to be different. Just one person didn’t create individualism. Imagine hearing different opinions fighting each other and having it come from the same one person. We aren’t created from individualism; it came from us. It usually starts with an idea, and then evolves into an event, and later to something more. I don’t ever want to start a day with the same “hellos”. It wouldn’t hurt to hear a “hola” or a “konnichiwa” every once in a while. I want to see or hear everyone’s unique trademark.

I also believe in the goodness of diversity and surroundings. If the world remained unchanged, we’d never move forward, we’d never evolve. We’d never learn from our mistakes because we wouldn’t make any. Mistakes are also one of the things that make us who we are today. Different lessons come from different mistakes; different interpretations come from different people. From our surroundings comes diversity; because of diversity, our surroundings are what they are.

Despite all the differences, we can still collaborate and understand each other. We still laugh and cry with each other, we can still learn with each other and work towards the same goal. We can all be different puzzle pieces in the same puzzle. Together, we portray a picture of our own interpretations of things combined with others. And it all starts with one puzzle piece, one piece out of the hundreds and hundreds of other pieces. It’s that one different piece that makes the difference that could influence thousands of other pieces.

From all the evidence and the experiences I have encountered in my life, similarity, differences, and collaboration is what I believe in the most.