Worried About Me

Andrew - Cherokee, North Carolina
Entered on September 17, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30
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Worried About Me

The world is full of all kinds of religions, non-religions, morals, and beliefs. I believe, “to each his own”. I am not really concerned what others believe. The only person I am worried about is me. I find it easier to handle all the people in the world if I just go on about my business and let them think and believe whatever they so please. My aim is not to go and tell everyone else what they should believe because I wouldn’t want anyone doing the same thing to me. So every man has his own opinion and that is fine with me.

Although I was very young during my parent’s divorce; I feel like that is related to whom I have become today whether it is directly or indirectly. I grew up in two separate house holds whose environments were like night and day. I lived with my mom for the first 10 years and with my dad the last ten years. While I lived with my mom I learned to appreciate the more simple things like playing outside and just being a dirty little boy. When I lived with my dad I enjoyed the more active and luxurious things like theme parks and playing sports. My mother and father also had different religious beliefs. My mom does not really acknowledge that there is a god, and my dad married a go-to-church type woman. So, I grew up going to church one weekend and “playing atheist” the next. This sort of Yin and Yang lifestyle is most likely the reason than I am so “in between” today. The idea of the Yin Yang relationship is the constant struggle for control with neither side ever gaining the winning hand. This is exactly how I feel today. I don’t feel the need to try to persuade others into believing what I believe. I also believe that everything happens for a reason. So if it is going to happen then there is nothing I or mankind as a whole can do to stop it. That keeps me from dwelling on the past and keeps me looking toward the future. I believe there is a God and that God knows exactly what he is doing. It gives me peace of mind to know that everything is already taken care of. I also do not feel it is my place to tell everyone that my God is better than their god. If they want to believe that their dog is a reincarnation of grandma then so be it. I guess what I am trying to say is that as long as other people’s beliefs do not make a difference in my life then I really don’t give a worry myself about what they do. I have been told that I don’t have an opinion so I will believe anything. It goes alone with the saying “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything”. In fact the very cubicle I sit in right now has those words written on it. I stand for me. After all, I know me better than anyone else does. This is not to say however, that I don’t care about anyone else. I just believe that I don’t have to worry about anyone else because it is not my duty as a human being. So I do love my neighbor even if I can’t stand the person.

It is not my intention to make the impression that I am neutral in all decisions, because I have my own beliefs and disbeliefs in which I feel strongly about. I just do not parade about telling everyone that they should believe what I believe simple because I think I am the only sane human on this planet. That is the same arrogant and self-centered approach that causes world wars and riots. I simply want people to understand that it is okay to agree to disagree. We don’t have to hate each other because we have different morals.

This is in no way a motivational speech but I only want to state that if the people in this world would spend as much time worrying about themselves individually as they spend worrying about everyone else; the world would be a better place. To each his own, in my opinion, is the best way to go.