This I Believe

Austin - Mt.Laurel/NJ/08054, New Jersey
Entered on March 25, 2009
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: love
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Love. The word love is very simple but its uniqueness is the part that makes it so complex. Love is found in many forms such as friends, husbands and wives, and lovers. Love is what I believe in; I believe it can change lives; I believe that is the reason I am here today; I believe without love we as humanity are nothing. Love may sound sappy to some but in reality with out love me, the mailman, the teacher, the average day person is nothing- absolutely nothing.

The journey which lead me to recognize the power of love started off when I was 10 years old and moved from my home of my whole prior life in Virginia to New Jersey. I am a shy kid, so it was extremely hard to find a friend. Because I was so shy, the only things I did were rather extremely weird things, things that people would laugh at but want to have nothing to do with me. After a couple years of this I learned to be quiet because I couldn’t bear the teasing anymore. This continued for me day after day, week after week, month after month, until it was the summer right before my sophomore year. It was then that I truly met someone. A friend. We both lonely in our lives learned to trust in each other. From this point on I learned about love or more commonly known as friendship. Life changed for me, I started to gain friendships left and right. Now non-was as special as my first, but every new friend that I gained made me feel better and happier. It was as if I had a cup representing love, and when it once was empty it was now overflowing. That was the happiest summer of my life because I had never felt so much love towards me.

The thing that has always bothered me is how people treat each other like trash. Some people talk about how they could always find new friends and this makes me extremely sad. We should not be treating friendship like it is like a new toy which you love at first and then forget about it forever. Friendship should be cherished. People absolutely need love and its something I have learned to see and try to give. Now I have charge my self with helping others find friendship. When I see people sitting by themselves at dances I try to give them a special gift. People want to be noticed, they want to be praised, they simply want to feel loved.

By going through life without anyone I have learned the power of love. How it can change your appreciation of life. Friendship should be given to everyone. No one is better than another, no one should feel like they are alone and worthless; no, everybody deserves friendship. Now I know I may not be the best friend for every single person I meet who seems shy or lonely, but I do try to show them kindness because I know it can go a long way. Suicides happen every year because people feel unloved and alone in this world. If everybody tried to get to know someone new, someone who is just a little different than themselves, just once a week this world would be a happier place. My appointment in life is one thing- that is to be a tool of love to mankind.