This I Believe

William - Stephens City, Virginia
Entered on August 31, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30
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This I Believe

I believe some core beliefs are stronger than others. However, I also believe that it is the individual that decides how strong each core belief is. I may value certain core beliefs stronger than you may value the same belief, or you may value your beliefs stronger than I value some of mine. I believe that the way I have been raised has made some beliefs more valuable to me personally than they would be to somebody who has been raised differently. However, they also will probably have stronger beliefs in other areas where they have been raised stronger than I have. With this being said, I would have to list my three strongest beliefs as help anybody you possibly can, always do what you think is the right thing, and be responsible. I think the most important one out of these three would be to always do what you believe is the right thing.

Doing what you believe is the right thing will lead you in the right direction almost all of the time. Sometimes there is a clear cut right direction to move forward to. However, sometimes there are times where you must make tough decisions on what is right and what is wrong. A personal experience for me would be whether or not to play baseball in college. The reason this decision is so tough for me is because I have played baseball every year since I was four years old. However, college baseball is a major commitment, and I am not sure how much free time I would have, accompanied with studying and completing assignments, I would have no time for anything else. Also, I value having a job more now than ever due to the economy and rising gas prices. Being a commuter from Stephens City to Winchester every day, gas definitely hits my pocket harder than I previously believed it would. With a job, I would still have plenty of time to study, as well as be with my friends who are still home. However, if I did play baseball, I could make a number of great friends that I would have never meant in other places, and under the guidance of Coach Kevin Anderson, I would learn some valuable life lessons. College baseball is an elite process which only few people in the world can ever experience, and I have the opportunity to be one of those special people. I value my career after college more than I do my time in college, so I believe not playing baseball and joining the work force is the right decision here.

I believe this has proven the ability to make decisions for yourself as you grow older in life, and how decisions only get tougher as you get older. However, I also agree that people become more mature with decisions that come along, and the decisions you make will turn you into the individual that you are supposed to be. The ability to make the right decision lies within the individual, how you go about your choices is your decision, but if you make all the right ones, I believe you will be successful in life. Make the wrong decisions, and bear the consequences.