Tom - Laguna Niguel, California
Entered on September 14, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
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Though I am only seventeen, I believe that I have found something in life that I can be sure of no matter what happens to me. I believe there is a reason behind every single experience that I have had. Some would call this seeing the good things in life, but I think that these reasons are far beyond a set of simple coincidences.

When I was in seventh grade, I came down with probably one of the worst social diseases: Acne. This was not just a simple run of the mill case; my case was pretty bad in comparison to a lot of my friends. Every single day I questioned God because I could see no bright future for me in this area, and I was deathly afraid that it would give me scars for the rest of my life. I wondered why he had chosen me for this burden to bear, and why, no matter how hard I tried, I could not get rid of it. Over the next two years, I began to research everything I could about the body, alternative medicine, the side effects of medical options, the immune system itself and everything in between to find a way to stop this from happening. Six months later, I was acne free, but something else had changed inside of me. No more was I willing to sit still when something directly threatened my health and my life, and from all of the research and information I had found on the human body and nutrition, I adopted a lifestyle far healthier than anyone I knew back then.

And those were just the surface changes in me. I believe that the real meaning behind that was that I found out who my real friends were at that time, and also the fact that I let acne make me shyer than I should have been. I realized just how extroverted I was, and I resolved to never let something as superficial as acne get in my way of living my life.

This is just one of the many experiences in life that I had to accept as my own and learn from it. Nothing is ever a failure if you learn something from it, and I believe that wholeheartedly. Though I may lose a fun poker game against some of my friends, I may not realize that the person who won was meant to win because they really needed money because their family was suffering upon some difficult times. Now I do not regret my bad experiences in my past and I do not let them haunt me because they are a part of me and they have made me the person I am today. I would not change my life even to the littlest degree if I had the chance. Though happiness and love make you feel like you’ve died and gone to Heaven, sometimes you need the pinch sadness and hardship to remind you that you’re alive.