This I Believe

John - 91201, California
Entered on February 27, 2009
Age Group: Under 18
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When we meet new people, we can not tell whether they can be our real friend or not. This is all due to the fact that most people tend to be someone whom they are not. They act out and pretend to have cool things that they truly do not possess. Many of them do this for the reason that they wish to be popular in school or have many friends. I believe we should not pretend to be people whom we are not or that we can never get to be.

We should always be ourselves because if we are not, then we will never know what lifestyle we like, who we like to be with, or what we enjoy doing. This can also get to be an obstacle to us. For example, we might perhaps enjoy being around people who enjoy sports, and because we do not know what we really like, we force ourselves to be around another kind of group that has popularity over being trouble makers.

I believe that if we act differently to how we really are, then we will not know what our type of personality or character is. This can also get us confused to the point where we stick to neither one personality nor the other. For example, at one place we may be act in one way, while somewhere else we may act another way. This can also be recognized with a relation to a quarter with two faces because at one place we may be someone, but in another we may be another.

I also believe we should always be ourselves around other people. If we are not, then we will have no clue over who our true friends are. The benefits of being ourselves will also make our lives happier and filled with truth. Then, as we start to explore our lives further, we will see that it does not matter who you are, as long as you are yourself. Others will like you and appreciate you for who you truly are and not for whom you pretend to be. For example, I had a classmate that pretended to be rich and wealthy, and had many friends, but as soon as they found out he was lying, they ignored him. I, in the other hand have learned to appreciate my friends and like them for who they are, not for what they have.

I believe we should all be ourselves and not fall into the darkness of having a mistaken insight of ourselves. When we meet new people, we should know who they are by just observing so we can choose good friends. We can be and do anything we want as long as we know who we are so we can choose what really interests us. By being truthful to ourselves, we will respect, value, and see ourselves for who we are so that the next time we see that we are not being ourselves, we could consider our actions. This I believe, and this is what I hope to change in time.