I Believe

Ann - Lebanon, Kentucky
Entered on November 18, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
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I believe

I believe that confidence is the key to being who you are. I can remember my mom telling me “You need to have confidence in yourself”. Naturally like every other teenager I just nodded my head and pretended to pay attention. It seems like in today’s society not a lot of people have confidence in themselves. You see people changing the way they look just to impress others. I can remember looking in magazines and saying “I wish I looked like her”.

In middle school I always wanted to be in the “In Crowd”. You know the crowd who sits at the best table at lunch, and the ones who think that everyone loves them. Well in eight grade I was finally part of that group of people. But I realized that I didn’t need to be one of those people to be happy, I could just be happy being myself. I also realized that I didn’t care if everyone liked me, if they didn’t well then that was their loss. I believe that confidence can help you be a good role model. Whenever I go back to my old elementary school to visit I always have a mob of kids running to see me. It makes me feel special to see kids look up to me. I like hearing them ask me 20 question about my life.

About three years ago I was goofing around at a friend’s house and I had an accident. We were swimming in my friend’s pool, and I decided that I wanted to dive in it. Well when I dove in the pool I hit the bottom of it and my nose stared bleeding. It turns out that I broke my nose. Ever since the accident I have had a knot on my nose. When I stared high school some people made fun of my because of my nose. Everyday I went to school I was self-conscious of my nose. But eventually I accepted the way my nose was, and I didn’t care if people said anything about my nose.

I believe that confidence can make you a stronger person. The incident with my nose helped me to have confidence in myself. I believe that people shouldn’t judge others by the way they look, but for the person that they are. Confidence is sometimes a hard thing to have. Whether you are tall or short, skinny or fat, you should always have confidence in yourself.