Pay it Forward

Echo - Thornton, Colorado
Entered on September 25, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
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Pay it Forward

I have a strong belief in showing people what they mean to me. I have a strong belief in kindness. I have a strong belief that everyone has a bit of goodness inside of them and most of all I have a strong belief in paying it forward. Even with the smallest acts of kindness you should pay it forward. Let’s say that a stranger opens the door for you on the way to work, pay it forward by telling your friend they do not have to pay you back, as long as they pay it forward.

When you pay it forward, it means that you are taking one act of kindness and passing it along to someone else, who should then pass it along again. You do not ask for anything in return, just that they keep passing along the generosity. I believe in this because if everyone did a good deed every day, not only will they help the world be a better place, but they lift one persons spirit and helping others improve the way you feel about yourself.

When you grow up without a family and noone who really cares you start to see the world differently. You mature faster than your peers and this makes you see things differently. You see the bad in people before most do and you do not let people in as easily. But you can use this maturity in a good way. Some people are not as fortunate as I was in finding friends to replace the lack of love that I grew up with.

There are two reasons I explained a little of my past, one would be to say that I was mature sooner than the people around me and that did make me see more hate and cruelty in the world. When someone grows up with these feelings, feelings that were implanted inside them because that was all they knew, they grow up hating and being mean to others. Since, I found such wonderful friends I am able to rid myself of the bad and replace it with unswerving morality. I was able to see the good. And it all started with someone being nice to me, someone loving me and showing me what I mean to them. It started with someone paying it forward to help me through the day. It is much easier to hate then it is to love, but loving makes you feel better about the world around you. And I truly believe that paying it forward makes me a happier person; it gives me a reason to smile.