This I Do Not…Oops, I Mean This I Believe

Wyatt - Lakewood, Washington
Entered on April 25, 2009
Age Group: Under 18
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When I first heard that we had to write an essay called “This I Believe”, I immediately began thinking, “I don’t believe in drug use, I don’t believe in God, I don’t believe in segregation, etcetera, etcetera…” Then, I realized, I’m not writing about my disbeliefs, but am writing about my beliefs. I sat in class, on the couch, and in bed pondering what I would write about. Finally, I came to the decision that I was thinking too specific. So I began thinking of words that could broadly describe my beliefs, and I came up with the beliefs of infinite emotions and the importance true friendship. These words, to most, do not mean much, but in my mind, they mean the world.

Many of my friends get very angry, or dare I say jealous when one of their close friends starts hanging out with a new friend. The old friend feels as though the Love that their friend once had for them is now lost to the new friend. Every time my friends ask me for advice about a situation similar to this, I always want to tell them that they are NOT losing their friend. Many don’t seem to be able to comprehend the concept of infinite emotions. Love, compassion, friendship, are all infinite! You can always make more when you need it! Why can’t they realize that?

The most infinite and important of all emotions is friendship, especially true friendship. Without friendship, we wouldn’t be the people who we are today. Our friends shape who we are, and we shape who our friends are. We give each other advice, tell each other jokes, and form memories that will last a lifetime. My friends are there when a relative died, or even when a pet died, and I’m sure yours are too. I know that without my friends, I probably wouldn’t be here today, and neither would many of my friends. Friends get you through the worst of times when you want to die, but then again, they are also always there to share in your happiness, excitement, or fun! Without those who are our true friends, we are nothing at all.