This I Believe

Marchena - Houston, Texas
Entered on February 28, 2009
Age Group: Under 18
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Love Live Life Proceed Progress

It was the morning of our drive back from Arizona, the sun was gleaming on the horizon. It was giving out a view right out of a photographer’s lenses. My father was playing his beloved Bob Marley, as my mother and my siblings slept comfortably. I sat there in awe of the sight, gazing admiringly at the nature and beauty of the scene, but at the same time I felt that just like the scenery, my life was passing me by. There is a whole world out there waiting for me, but I am I really living it? Upon the moment we are born, we are put under control, from the doctors that deliver us, to the nurses that take care of us. When you are growing you are given rules and guidelines on how to live your life. As you start to mature into an adolescent, you are shaped by your parents and teachers and how to be a good person, and instructed about the kind of person you are expected to be. Even as an adult you are set to follow the rules of your boss and supervisor. But, all the while you are reminded that it is your life and that you should live it. But, how does one live their life when they are told how to live it? It’s simple, you can’t life you life. But, you can love it, proceed with it, or progress with it. Unlike most people my age, I have truly experienced love. His name was Martin. We met in the summer of two thousand eight, upon first glance of his hazelnut eyes, I knew he was the one. We spent the summer days going to the movies and roaming the city until nightfall. Martin was like a gift from up above. But, just as quick as Martin came into my life he disappeared. He just left me with the memories of our time together. When you find that one person that completes you ,that you love, how do you go on when they are taken away form you? It is experiences like these that propel people to advise us not to love. But, it is said that it is better to have loved and lost then not to have loved at all. Even when scorned it is still good to love, because life can be pitiful without love. In my last year of junior high, I joined my school’s prestigious dance team, but I was bombarded with so much negativity by my peers. The constant negativity almost knocked me down into a deep depression, but I knew I could not stay down in defeat. I believe that in life it is best to proceed with hope and the end in mind. Everyday I wake up progress to do something great. If not in my own, then in someone else’s life. As I live my life I strive to progress in every aspect of it. If I am ever at a point in my life where there is no progression, I immediately take charge and make a change, because progression in life is as important as living life. There is no real way to live one’s life, because we are told how to live it. But, I believe that before you let your life pass you by and let it be run by other people it’s best to love it, live it, proceed, and progress with it.