Honors English 12
15 October 2017
I believe that a mother’s love is unconditional and the most important bond in the world. A mother can always be a person to count on, and someone that you can trust with anything. The love that you receive from a mother is priceless and will always exist. It is often very easy to take our mothers for granted, and we forget the sacrifices that they have made for us to have a better life.
My mother is the strongest person that I know. In her life, she has overcome many obstacles and faced many hardships but she never gave up. She was born in a lower income family from South Bend, and had to pay and work for a lot of things by herself. She worked very hard to become successful, so she could raise a smart and loving family. When I was in kindergarten, she went back to school to gain a degree in teaching in order to get a higher paying job. She has sacrificed so much in order to make sure that my brother, James, and I would have a good life.
Sometimes it can be difficult trying to understand each other because we can have different values and beliefs. When I was younger, we would argue a lot. I didn’t get why my mom did things differently than my friends’ moms. Although it was kinda hard, she always tries to be understanding of the fact that I have to grow up to have a sense of individuality, so I can achieve my future goals. She always wants what is best for me.
My mom has always been my biggest supporter. Whether that’s being my biggest fan at my swim meets, pushing me to work hard in school, or being my shoulder to lean when i'm upset. I can always count on her to be there for me in any time of need.
Coming into a new school after moving across the country, I felt anxious. I felt as though I had to completely start my life over. In two years, I went to three different schools as well as being home-schooled. My motivation and willingness to start my life over and over again was draining. By the time I got to Buchanan, I dreaded attending. I missed school at least once a week every week, and I was very closed off as a person.
I very often kept to myself. I was shy, but I also did not really try to make friends because I was tired of meeting new people over and over again. At Buchanan, it was easy to say I did not want to be there and that I wanted to leave. I was pessimistic and negative. All I wanted was to get out of Buchanan.
As time went on, I slowly began to open up. The caring teachers and friendly people began to show me that I had no reason to hate being here. Something that changed as time went on and as I opened up was that I became more positive. My newfound positivity made waking up in the morning easier. It made finding good friends easier too.
I believe that positivity is life changing. It has changed me for the better and opened me up to new experiences. My high school experience has been amazing because my friends and I have a more positive outlook on life. Being positive has turned me into a better person and has completely changed my perspective on life.
I believe that if you have a negative mindset, you’ll see negative outcomes. If you choose to focus on the negatives of things, you’re only hurting yourself. Being positive and looking at the bright side of things makes life so much better. I am a new and improved person after I changed my attitude. I believe that positivity is one of the most important things in life.
Cailin I am really glad that you came here.
This is amazing girl. You have definitely stepped out of your shell. I like the descriptive words you used! Good job!
Cailin even-though i don't know you personally i'm glad that you decide to stay in Michigan even with everything going down hill in our country
There are countless times where I’ve been upset because someone has blown me off or just decided that they didn’t want to hang out with me. My parents always say “It doesn't matter! All you need is the love of your family.” Yet, I can’t 100 percent agree with that.
Don’t get me wrong; I strongly believe that family should be one of the most important things in anyone's life, but friends are important too. I keep and will continue to keep my friends and family on the same level. They, in my eyes, are just as equally important as family would be.
There is a famous quote by an anonymous write which states”Friends are temporary, but family is forever.” There is some truth within the statement, but it’s safe to safe that is not entirely true. From experience, I’ve had a few friends in my life that have been with me longer than some family members. Those family members made the conscious decision to leave, with no reasonable explanation. I can’t blame them, but when times get hard… You should stay.
That brings me to my next reasoning on why friends and family are just are as important to one another. They both bring different types of love, support, and company. I can always count on them to do fun things with me while I’m in a good mood, and I can always count on them to cheer me up when I’m feeling blue. My family is always there for me when I’m having a depressive episode and they’re always there for me when I’m needing serious TLC. Yet, one thing they both give to me is that they all unconditionally and support me no matter what I decided to do life.
Family and friends make for a happy life and a happy girl.
18 October 2017
This I Believe Essay
I believe that soccer is one of the most beautiful sports ever created. I have only played in high school for the past two years, but choosing to play in high school is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life. Although my memory is bland, I still remember what is was like playing Optimist soccer back in elementary school. I have tried quite a few sports, and soccer seems to be the one that fits me the most. The art of this sport is so fascinating to me. Believe it or not, I sometimes get chills while watching what some players are able to do with the ball.
I have only played soccer recently for two years, but it feels like the sport has been with me all of my life. Back in my early years, I was no professional, and I never paid extra to become better. I never thought that this sport would grow on me as much as it did. There is one person I can blame for re-introducing me to the sport in high school, and that is my girlfriend, Jessica. Now , I cannot thank her enough for suggesting the game to me. I love it. Whatever I am doing, I would be thinking about soccer, always. Recently, I have always wanted to go to a game, but soccer is not that big of a sport in America, whereas it is the main occupation in many other countries. Back when I played in elementary school, I always had a great time with my team. My coach and my teammates were super fun to be around. We have always had a great time together. Those times have helped me gain life-long friends and a life-long lesson. That lesson is that teamwork is everything. As long as you work together, everything will turn out okay.
In conclusion, the art of the sport is phenomenal. I can guarantee I will never get tired of the sport. I would like to stick with it long after high school, but then again, anything could happen. I have not been with the sport all of my life like other people have, but it feels like I have never stopped loving the game. I am glad I chose to play soccer in my late high school career, it has taught me many, many things.
This is unique and well-written. I agree that soccer is a great sport and some of my favorite moments are the great memories I made with my teammates as well.
I use to play soccer Ethan and i love how you made everything flow
I believe in respect. My mother taught me this when I was very young.
My mother lived by the motto, “you give respect to receive respect.” That motto opened up my eyes on how to treat people.
That motto has made me grow into a very respectable young lady. I show an appreciation to everyone no matter who they are. Everyone should be respected no matter the race, gender, or religion. Everyone deserves equality and that is portrayed by giving respect.
Learning this when I was very young has helped me in different situations in school and in work. I have learned to always give respect to the teachers to gain respect back. A class is a lot more pleasant when the teacher respects you. This motto has also helped me at work. It has helped me respect the customers and my co-workers no matter what. The more respect you give to a table, the better you will get tipped. And the more respect you show to your co-workers, the more tolerable work will be.
That moto has also helped me with friends. I wouldn't have all the friends and admirations if it wasn't for my mother teaching me the lesson of respect.
I believe in respect and everything tied into it. I wouldn't be the respected Jessica Lee if it wasn't for my mother. Respect should be shown in everyday life. The world would be a lot more peaceful if everyone respected each other.
I believe in respect.
Very well-written! I liked all of the sensory details you used in this piece! I am very impressed. :)
I really liked the main idea of the essay, it gave me a lot to think about.
October 18 2018
This I Believe
“Erica watch out,” “Erica eat your dinner,” “Erica finish your chores,” make your bed, say you're sorry, go to your room, “Erica we love you”. To me, family is everything. Theyre my biggest supporters my toughest competition and my best friends.
Growing up as the youngest of both sides of two very close knit families was extremely easy, until it wasn't. As a kid i was always the center of attention. All of my older cousins would scoop me up and carry me around, play games with me and watch over me. Even my older brothers never let me out of their sight, I had 15 people to look up to who watched over me and
I've always wanted to be just like them.
My uncles worked me hard, my mom worked me harder and my grandma's baked me cookies.I learned more from those years of family than I ever realized. Watching my cousins grow up and go through highschool taught me alot. I watched them make mistakes and get back up and I watched them achieve great things. This paved way for me going through school and showed me a little more about how the world worked even as a little kid.
Now my family has almost all moved on, started their own families and moved away, but that doesn't mean they're done impacting my life. I still hear them all the time telling me to get a haircut or wash my face. I lead myself from their examples and they will always be who i want to be. I believe in family.
18 October 2017
Do you believe sexism is still apart of today’s generation? Sexism is discrimination based on gender or sex. It often happens against young girls and women. I believe sexism is still happening and to see how it differs between men and women, how it affects women today, and how Title IX relates to sexism in professional sports.
Men usually don’t face sexism and in fact men think sexism is over, however women do not. Women believe it’s a good time to be a woman and men believe it’s a good time to be a man. Although 82% of women feel sexism is still a problem today while 12% of men underestimate what women think. “Sexism goes so deep that at first it’s hard to see; you think it’s just reality,” said Alix Kates Shulman.
Sexism affects both men and women but mostly women. In this case women seek to have equality just as men. For say there is a female and male are in the same working field together and the man makes more money than the woman. Why? Because he’s a male so therefore that is called sexism. Saying a female can’t do this but a male can is sexist. I think it wrong. Men don’t understand when they make derogatory comments to women and they feel uncomfortable could be a sign of sexism as well. I believe women can do any and everything a male can do you just have to work ten times harder than the male.
Title IX relates to sexism because of professional women athletes today. There was a policy in 1972 that stated “no person shall, on the basis of sex be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” it got converted to a weapon to enforce gender quotas. There’s still no gender equality between men and women in professional sports. Of course Title IX has changed over time but not as much as women want it be. Imagine growing up with Title IX? I believe it would be a great experience to try and make your presence known. Candace Parker says “ Title IX has meant a lot to the game, the sport, and to my family.” Nearly all female athletes have grew up and went through Title IX and still going through it. With that being said i am happy president R. Nixon signed this policy and grateful I’m experiencing Title IX to try and make it better. This is why we still need to this policy today.
Yes, i still believe sexis, is still part of this generation and that men should be better. Therefore women should not have to feel the need to face sexism as much. By seeing men and women differ in sexism and what their beliefs are, how it affects women and young girls today, and as well with Title IX relating to sexism in women’s professional sports. Equality matters!
I believe in tiny miracles. Every year on January 5th, we celebrate my sister's birthday. To make her birthdays better each year, we throw her a birthday party.
Before my sister was born, it was only my brother and I. My mom and dad just recently divorced and my mom just remarried my step dad.
My sister’s sorry began like this: one day my mom started experiencing these very tough pains so they went to the hospital.
Once we got to the hospital, they immediately took my mom back for an ultrasound to make sure my sister was okay. My grandma came and stayed with my brother and I. That’s when the doctor came and told us the scariest news of our lives.
“You guys are going to have to go home with Aunt Michelle,” my stepdad said, “mommy and sissy are going to be okay but they have to get sissy out of mommy now.” My step dad told us that but he knew what really was going to happen.
The doctor told my mom that it may end with either her or my sister passing away. My mom told them to save her baby and don’t worry about her.
After the labor, everything went well and my sister was in the NICU for three months. She was born three months early. My mom thankfully made it and was there with my sister from sun up, to sundown. This is why I will always believe in tiny miracles.
I believe in the moon. From constant tragic events in my life the moon has always been there. I never had a single soul by my side. Just like the moon I'm a lone wolf shining bright with darkened around me. On cloudy nights or clear skies, the moon has stayed true to me. The sun is the moon’s weakness as is the heartbreak I have long to hold. My life has never been sunshine and rainbows, but that doesn't mean my pot of gold isn't there. I'm more like phases.
New moon: My face isn't showing, I'm turned away from the light, looking away from the outside world. Leaving my scars hiding within the darkness. There's no way I'll ever be ready for the truth to come out. Even though my scars are not visible, the moon sees the side of me I hide from the sun.
Waxing Crescent: I'm opening up. I'm allowing myself to see the true in other. Slightly allowing my body and mind to re-open from the painful memories I hold in my heart. Regretting every moment, the moon keeps guiding me to show more and more light. I’m trusting this, I'm trusting you, the moon.
First Quarter: I'm warming up to this; you're guiding me to be open. My trust is within your light. You're shining not just for me but with me. I'm still heartbroken; I'm not me without you. Your light shines through me, guides me, and holds me to be true.
Waxing Gibbous: How is this real? I believed in you and you still haven't let me down? You're the only thing that's been permanent. I'm slowly become apart of you. You're completely turning my darkness into light; you're changing my life.
Full Moon: I've never been so happy; you're my light, my future, my whole world. I'm complete now. No darkness to hold me back; I'm free. You have helped me become me.
Waning Gibbous: I trusted you; why are you leaving me? We were set on forever. Your light consumes me; don't let go.
Last Quarter: I trusted you, I believed in you, I wanted you here all to myself, I wanted your light to forever shine for me. I'm so selfish how could I not see what you have been doing. I can't believe I was the problem all along.
Waning Crescent: I knew there was a reason you were here, not for just me but to show me. You gave me the light and took it away just as easily. You don't consume me, I consume you. Without me why would you shine your light through.
I believe the moon shows all phases to give everyone a light to guide themselves with, like me and my story not all days where good days, I have grown to realize the moon changes as we do. The world around is always changing. The moon is just adjusting to our changes for us to feel for comfortable and confident in our life's. Allowing the moonlight is only prepares you from the big fight the sun will bring the next day. So like the moon. I go through phases too.
i loved it and i loved the way you showed how the moon makes you feel
I believe not all friendships end in drama, because of the fact that mine ended in a tragedy. I believe that not every ending to a friendship ends in a clash, but in devastation, loss, and loneliness. Here is my story and what I believe in. March 29,2012, coming home from school, my parents attempted to give me what I thought was the worst news ever. My best friend has a heart attack. I was in denial for awhile because I didn't want to believe what i was hearing. In this moment i felt devastated beyond all measures. I didn't know what to do but then all i could think about was if he was okay! What was he thinking? What was he feeling? Could this be real? All i knew was my uncle, my best friend, the one who helped me get through everything had a heart attack and no one knew if he was okay… the tragedy became real when the doctors declared him deceased. What am I supposed to do now? Just 48 hours ago he was laughing, moving, and walking, but now he is brain dead. Not knowing if we should pull the plug or not, we all just sit there staring at him with tears in our eyes. We all say our goodbyes and kiss him on the forehead. This was actually real. My favorite person in the whole world was gone. What do I do next?
I believe that everyone has 2-3 tastes of music. One they acquire from family, One they find for themselves, and sometimes one from their friends. We do not realize it but when someone is so passionate about something without talking your ear off, they can convince you that you like it without a discussion. Just think about a time a friend has told you “you need to listen to this song it is absolutely amazing” did you like that song after listening?
I was riding home with my dad from a great day of racing. My dad asked me if i liked Led Zeppelin. I told him I did not know who that was so he immediately had to change that! He played Stairway to Heaven and at first i was like “Dad, what the heck is this?” and he said “Give it a second, it builds.” By the time we got home I was rocking out like never before! At that moment, the love that my dad had for this music instantly convinced me that I loved it too. Right then I.acquired the music taste of classic rock.
What would your taste of music be without friends or family? That question is daunting, and even I do not know the answer to it. The reason that question is so hard shows how, and why I believe that everyone has 2-3 tastes of music that they acquire from others.
This I Believe Essay
I believe that there is god and that he’s always watching even if we can’t see him. But we can sense when someone that we can’t see is with us or a chill down our spine when something is wrong. Now in days not many people are going to church they just don't want to go to church even if its church sunday.
I believe that everyone should get a second chance even what they did was wrong either it was you or someone else. The reason why you should give everyone a second chance is because everyone deserves it and a chance to explain their actions in what they done. Eve if they deserve heck they should still get a chance to explain everything they or that person has done, i know this better than anyone.
What that person has done to me or happened to me, to be honest that person really don't deserve a second chance but I gave it to him. Even what he did was harassment I still gave him a second chance to leave me alone, or i call the police on him for what he did. The one thing that I wished was that I would have listened to my friend that warned me about him.
God will always give you a second chance even if you don't deserve it he will still give you a second chance.
I believe in the Golden Rule more than anything else. The Golden Rule states “Treat other as you like to be treated”. This rule stands for many different circumstances. For example, this can refer to friendships, relationships, family members, and anyone in that matter. I believe if people treated others as they wanted to be treated by others, there would be less violence, cruelty, and hate in the world.
Would you want to be disrespected by another person? Would you want someone to take all of their anger out on you or treat you poorly because they are having a bad day? I know i wouldn’t and i’m sure most people wouldn’t either, so why would you do it to other people. Everyone has a heart that loves and hurts. Everyone has feelings just like you. Imagine how someone feels when you disrespect them or yell at the out of anger. They will feel the same way you would feel if it was done to you and i’m sure everyone knows, it’s not a good feeling. Think of yourself as if you were the other person. The more you think of the other's feelings just like yours, the more you will think and watch what you say.
A time in my life where a situation like this happened was with me and my cousin when I was little and lived in Florida. My cousin and I used to fight all the time, everyday over the littlest things. We went to the same school, got picked up by our grandpa and dropped off by him the next morning. We were always together so we had to find a way to get along, not just for ourselves, but for our grandfather as he was getting old and tired. My grandpa was the one who told us to treat each other as you want the other to treat you. To this day, my cousin and I never argue. We think of each other as the same person.
This is my most important belief in life because of the way the world is today. Think of others as yourself. This can end violence and hurt in the world in a big way and everyone should start right now. We all need to be happy, not depressed; loved, not hurt; respected, not hated. What would you want for yourself?
This I Believe Essay
I believe that I can reach my life’s goal to be a surgeon. I’ve been wanting to be a surgeon ever since I was in elementry. I have been watching shows about the medical field and I had a few family members that were in the medical field. My real dad was a paramedic and so was my aunt Dee. My stepmom Karen took classes for it but didn’t get to finish because she was busy taking care of the kids. They and the rest of my family motivates me to reach my goal and I believe with their help I will reach it. I believe that if you believe in your family like I do you can do anything and also if you have the motivation to reach the goal or goals.
I love my family and I’m happy that they are pushing me to do my work and graduate. There were times that I just didn’t want to do anything for school work cause I thought it was hard and I kept doubting myself when I see I didn’t do good on something like an assignment or a test. But they were there to straighten me out and helped me when I needed it. I believe I can be a surgeon as long as I work hard and have my family there to help and support me.
I believe that I can succeed with the help of my teachers too. They also help me even though I’m shy to ask them for help and figure it out on my own. My teachers teaches the things I will need to know when I go to college to be a health major. They also teaches the things we all need to know to survive in the real world and get our dream jobs. They also motivate me to be a surgeon even though I may not show it and I feel like I should show it more often. I believe that I can reach my life’s goal to be a surgeon with the help of my teachers and my family.
I believe in many things. I have beliefs that other people may look at me and say, “that makes no sense” but I believe it. I have crazy beliefs but I’m only going to talk about one for right now. A belief I have is I don’t believe there is a such things as an addiction. I believe it is all just a mindset that you think you need it so you think you have an addiction. I get judged by this belief because people look at me and think I’m crazy. People just don’t understand when I explain to them why I believe in this. Some beliefs you have people may not agree with.
The story behind this belief is I was talking to a friend and they asked, “if I believe if there is such thing as an addiction?” I look a while to answer because at the time I didn’t know what I thought. When I finally came up with an answer that was my belief. They person didn’t see how I could believe that but it is my thought. I feel as if people think they have to have stuff or be around things but I feel if you believe you have to have it of course you're going to think you want it.
Some beliefs you have people may not agree with it. I believe there is no such thing as an addiction. I feel it is all just a mindset that you think that you need that one thing in your life. If you think you have to have something then you will think you are addicted and you always will need it. This belief I have everyone doesn’t agree with it but I believe it so that is the only thing that matters. Believe what you want don’t let anyone else tell you what you should believe or not believe.
“I will never be too old for Disney!” The quote means everyone can enjoy Disney even if they think they’re too old. I believe everyone can act like a kid from time to time. Stop adulting for one day and let your inner kid out.
One day my mom said “kids we are going to Disney.” I was very excited for the little vacation. When we got down there I became ill and really didn't enjoy it. I still had a lot of fun though. My mom, dad, and my brother was involved going on this trip. I believed it happened in June of 2007. We stayed in Florida for about a week or so. We also went to other attractions in Florida. I do believe we stayed in a rented house for the time we were down there. I remember the pictures being taken and the memories being made. I really enjoyed the dinosaur ride but my brother did not. If he held on any longer my mom's arm could have fallen off. It was actually pretty funny in my opinion. In 2016 I got the news we were heading back down there for band. I couldn't tame my excitement. I was ready to go right away but no I had to wait for a year . Now in a month I would be in Disney enjoying my time. November 16, 2017 I will be in Disney being a kid again. You will be seeing a lot of teenagers taking over the park acting like kids again.
The lesson I learned is growing up you can still let your inner kid out. No one is going to judge. Well maybe they will but they are just jealous. It changed me to become a kid again. This I believe everyone can act like a kid again.
Lol I totally agree with you can never be too old to watch disney moives
The one thing that I most believe in is the Marine Corp. as a whole. I believe in this institution not only because I am apart of it but also because it stands for all of the values and morals that really matter to me. The United States Marine Corp. is a branch of the United States Armed Forces. Currently I am enlisted in the delayed entry program which means that i am commited to going into the marine corps but I am taking a year to do things such as finish high school and things such as that.
I think the thing that the main reason I believe int the Corp. is because to be a marine is to be selfless. I have always tried to be as selfless as possible whether it was something as small as holding the door for a stranger up to letting my friend borrow anything that they need even if it is my car. I try to do this because I know that there are a lot of people that are a lot worse off than I am so I feel that being part of the Marine Corps is just another way to help others. I realize that joining the Marines that I am making the ultimate sacrifice because the other thing that comes with being a marine is that we are the the tip of the spear so if they someone taken care of they will send the marines in before they send anyone. So the Marines in my opinion are the most selfless branch because they are the first line of defense and first source of attack.
The marine Corps. is the branch that I chose because of many reasons but another big one is the fact that you can get training for virtually any job in the outside world. This is because marines do virtually everything. The fact that they are willing to train you for every kind of job is a really big thing for me because it shows that they really do care not only about me but making sure that everyone is doing their job to the best of their ability.
So in conclusion think that the biggest reason I beleive in the Marines is because they are trully some of the most selfless people on earth. Most dont expect any recognition of fame in return. They are just doing their job and their job directly effects the people they not only love but people they dont know. That is why I believe in the Marine Corps. so much
This I Believe
I believe that videogames are a sport. I believe that the practice and teamwork is the exact same as it would be for athletes getting ready to play in a big game. I believe that the players are experiencing the same emotions as athletes if they are getting ready for the big game. I believe that the fans watching the games are just as pumped up when someone makes a touchdown or has a run slide into home base. These feelings don't just go away just because the game is on a screen, and it especially doesn't make it any less intense.
When I was little I have always been into sports, mainly baseball. A lot of this passion for sports came from my father, we had always been throwing a ball around for about as long as I can remember, after about 9 seasons of baseball my shoulder just couldn’t take the wear and tear anymore. This is basically when I was first introduced to video games. I think I just found my favorite sport.
When I got my first console which was an XBOX 360, Call of Duty Black Ops 2. Which was apparently the game to play at the time, but not just by me there were full teams of people who would go and play against other teams in tournaments to see was the best. Thats sounds familiar doesn't it?
When it comes down to it the roar of the crowd when their favorite team scores whether it's winning the round or scoring a touchdown. The sounds don't change if it's in a baseball stadium or at an esports tournament. A game is a game and a sport is a sport even if it's on a console, they all put you in the same mindset and give you the same emotions.
I believe that videogames are a sport. They have the same emotions the same reactions and the same stress. This is what I believe, even if you don’t have the same belief that won't change mine.
“You are a miracle waiting to happen in someone’s life”
I believe in miracles, I believe that anything is possible, I Believe anything can happen.
When I was younger I have a huge family my mother had six sisters all together they had eight kids but these are only from four sisters. My aunt Rhonda was everyone’s favorite aunt she had no kids she treated us like we were her own. She had A four bedroom house just so we can all have sleepovers, on Christmas our whole family came together everyone was obligated to get everyone gifts it was amazing. My aunt Rhonda’s gift wasn’t the most expensive but it was the best, every year we look forward to it. A job breaker a job breaker!! was her gift. It wasn’t the candy part that was so exciting it was a fun competitive part, so here are the rules, she said “All eight of you get a Jawbreaker the jawbreaker has many layers each layer is a different color whoever finishes the jawbreaker first wins hundred dollars at the time hundred dollars was a lot to us. We were so competitive at first but it got tiring licking a jawbreaker 800 times most of us lost ours or threw it away, but all of us loved every year trying our hardest finishing it. She was the type about who bought lots of candy and texted us, movie night, The type of aunt that always wanted the kids at her house, she was just great. summer vacations, winter vacations, spring break her house with the spot. She has tons of clothes so me and my cousin Jenna would always go through her closet and play dress up she didn’t mind. As I grow up I thought why doesn’t she have kids I never really asked because maybe she didn’t want any which was hard to believe because she loved us so much. So around the age ten and eleven I came and stayed at her house I asked her, “why don’t you have kids?,” she said, “well I can’t, I’ve tried but there is something called miscarriages that’s makes a female lose their baby.” We went on and on about them and I ended up asking if she can only had one miscarriage and she stated she had six. Every time she got pregnant she lost it, she lost hope, our whole family lost hope it wasn’t exciting hearing she was pregnant because we knew she’d lose it and go through depression. We knew how badly she wanted a kid. This last time though was different she didn’t tell anyone until she had four ultrasounds, so finally she told everyone. This time she stated the doctor said this time was different, that as of now the baby is really healthy. Well she ended up having Jayda Rose Hotwagner- Gast. We all call her miracle baby because she is. Every month for her first twelve months she had a cake made and a photoshoot. Jayda is now two and the smartest prettiest toddler ever. I think she went to three and skipped her terrible twos. Moral of the story anything can happen, nothing is for sure this is just one in a million of miracles that happen daily and this is why I choose this quote to talk about.
Ever since I was a little kid I wanted to be in the position that I am in now. I believe in believing in yourself, and that anything is possible. I am finally that kid that everyone fears on the court, and I am finally getting the calls from colleges, and other schools for my athletic ability that I never had growing up. At the age of 11 through 15 I was in a slump because I didn’t think I would be capable of everything that I am doing. All it took was hard work and determination, early mornings and late nights are what separated me from the competition. I wake up every day and just think to myself how blessed I am, now that I am exposed to this level of competition I have noticed people love to hate on you because they simply don’t want you to be better than them, and it’s my job to prove everybody, including myself that I am able to play D1 and make it to the league. It took me forever to zone everyone out and prove to myself that it’s possible. “I believe”... As in YOU believe, what is there to believe in, if you don’t believe in yourself?
Having these thoughts have made me truly think that anything is possible, I refuse to sit there and have someone tell me that I can’t do something, when there is someone out there doing exactly what“isn’t possible”. It’s up to me to get there, and that’s why I believe in believing in yourself, ANYTHING is possible, it’s just up to you to get to the point you want to be at, and achieve all the goals you set out for yourself. You can’t expect someone to believe in you if you don’t believe in yourself. I went from being a 5’6 freshman, out of shape with no motivation to a 6’3 senior with all the confidence in the world, if I got to the point where I am now, why can’t I work a little harder and push myself to achieve all my goals? All it takes is confidence and self motivation, you have to know there are people out there that want the same exact thing you want. The first step is believing in yourself.
I believe in equal rights for everyone. Some people feel as if some people don't deserve the same rights as others. It is not right for people of the same human race to be treated different.
The reason I believe everyone deserves equal rights is because I have dealt with it first hand to be treated unfairly, not only because I’m a girl but because I’m seen as weak. I am not weak because I am a girl. I am not weak at all. I have been told because I am a girl that I cannot work on snowmobiles or trucks or anything with a motor because “how would I know what I am doing?” It is easy. I grew up doing these things. I have been told I cannot work on a farm because I am a girl. “Women aren't supposed to be doing this kinds of jobs.” Well I do. I am constantly told by guys that I can’t work on a farm because it’s a “man's job.” People make fun of the fact that I work on a farm since I am a girl, and that’s not fair. A lot of women are pushed away from jobs and other work because they are seen as weak. Lots of women don't get jobs because they are women, but also because of race and sexuality.
I also think that men are also treated unequally because of race and sexuality. Just because people are white doesn't mean they're more qualified then anyone of color. Or if someone is straight, that doesn't mean they have more qualifications or skill than anyone that is gay or bi. I also believe in equal rights because we are all one race. The human race. There are people of different skin color, different sexuality, different everything. No one should be treated differently because of things they cannot control.
I believe in equal rights and no one can change that. There a rights in the constitution for a reason. They're for everyone and anyone who is a citizen of this amazing country. So I will always believe in equal rights.
I believe that when others help others, it's a wonderful thing. When someone is struggling and another sees it they normally go out of their way to help. Or even when someone who is different from others is getting help. I believe that is a perfect moment for me. Perfect moments are hard to find and see.
One day walking through a store i saw a disabled kid drop some of his stuff. Me thinking disabled kids are special, i stopped and helped him pick up his things. I normally do not help, but i thought it was my day to make his day shine by helping him.
As i was helping him, his face started turning red, he was so happy and he asked if he could give me a hug. I smiled and said of course, he gave me the biggest and tightest hug. I could feel my face turn red and i had the biggest smile my cheeks hurt. When i was helping him it made his day better but also made my day better too.
I believe that when others help others, it’s a wonderful thing. Helping is being kind and being kind is awesome. Being awesome is being generous.
I believe that dogs behave based on how they were raised and who raised them. On the contrary their attitudes can change if they get a new owner.
When I was younger my family had countless dogs. All of these dogs behaved well. This was because we raised them ever since they were puppies. Without being around other dogs than my own I believed that all dogs were nice. This belief changed when my cousin got a dog from someone.
When I was about seven years old one of my cousins got a rottweiler that hated everyone and everything. He was a all black rottweiler with sharp teeth and a deep growl. My cousin got the dog when the dog was about two years old. Anytime anyone would visit my cousin the dog would bark and growl until they left. This lead me to believe that this dog was pure evil.
Over the years my cousin’s dog got nicer. It wasn’t until I was about fourteen when the dog wouldn’t bark at me anymore. He eventually would let me play with him. This made me realize that when he was younger he was raised wrong.
I believe that dogs behave based on how they were raised and who raised them. This belief held true when my cousin changed the way his dog behaved.
I believe in the power of competition. When I was growing up, I was told that competition was a bad thing. Now as a senior in high school and competing in several activities I see the positives that it holds.
I have been in several competitions. Sometimes I did not even care if I won or lost the event. This year that all changed. My senior year the band started competing in the Michigan Competing Band Association. The funny this is, our band director says it is not a competition at all. At our first event I was full of adrenaline. My face was wide with a big smile. That smile being we received first place in our flight. Receiving first boosted our morale so much. It made us feel that all our hard work had payed off. I have never been so proud, happy and shocked at the same time. That was moment I realized Competition can lift spirits as well as give a person confidence in what they are doing.
The next time our band went out and performed I felt sadness and anger. We went to festival, another event where we get scored. That night we received a rating of two. Every year before we received a rating of one. After receiving a rating of two, I felt that I had failed as a leader. Because of that rating, myself and the band worked even harder to get to where we wanted.
Competition whether it be personal or group, has many positives. It can boost morale, give confidence, or even cause a person to work harder. That is the power of competition. This I believe.
This I Believe Essay
“It is better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.”
I believe in the experience of traveling. Traveling should be on the top of everyone's to do list; it is truly life changing experience.
When I was 14 I made the brave decision to travel to Nicaragua with a group of people from my school. The trip changed my entire perspective on life. Going to a third world country and seeing how hard they have to work just to put food on the table was crazy. I was in shock. I stayed with three host families and felt so blessed for everything my parents provide for me. If I never would have went I never would have experienced what I did.
I only stayed in Nicaragua for two weeks but it did not seem like nearly long enough. I loved every minute of being there. It opened my eyes to so many new ways of life. Every city had a different way of living. I enjoyed this trip so much that I will be taking another one this summer to Perú.
I believe that the experience of travel is so important in one's life. You do not truly live until you have experienced someone else's life. You get exposed to so many different cultures that you just can not get in a book. You also can not try new foods or see the fashion they really wear in a book.
Travel makes you more outgoing by putting yourself in new and uncomfortable situations. Also you get to meet new people that live a totally different life than you do.
I believe in the experience of world travel. It will truly change your life for the better.
It starts when you’re young, your mom has a job since before you can remember and your dad stays downstairs watching the television and gaming screens and you are stuck there doing homework that your fifth grade teacher has assigned you. You sit there and you know that something is wrong but you’re too young to piece everything together. You do not over think the fact that you really only see them at dinner, and even then it is not a sit-down dinner, it is a sit-where-you-want-and-watch-tv dinner. Your brother sits in the kitchen, and your only thought is because he doesn’t want hot food on his lap. Your dad and yourself are in the living room watching tv and you got to sit in the nice leather recliner but you do not think twice about the fact that the only reason you are in that recliner is because your mom is in her room, eating her own meal that she made for herself. It is all just separation, but you don not think twice about it.
Flash forward a few years and you are in high school with a toddler and a job that doesn’t even pay you minimum wage but you still devote six hours a day five days a week to it. Your mom has a whole new, even busier job that she is always at. Your dad is still downstairs, but now it is a new basement with a sign saying “Man Cave” that you see all the time because the door is always shut. Your brother is in his room watching his tv or he is kicking you out of the living room because he would much rather be playing the Playstation. You wind up only seeing your daughter two days a week, and they’re the only two days you have off. Maybe you’ll see your family. Yes, you see your family but do you ever spend time with your family?
I believe in free time. The time you spend with your family. The time you spend with your friends. The time where you can just breathe and not have to worry about what your next task is. Let the laundry pile up even though it is your day off and no one else will do it. Lay on your lawn and watch the sky even though it has not been cut in a week. Tell your boss you will be an hour late because your brother gets off the bus at 4 and you’re supposed to be at work at 4:30 and there is a game he really wants to play. Open the basement door and try to learn baseball and sit in the old, scratched leather recliner. I believe in free time, and the fact that if you want it you have to make it.
I believe the power of fishing is something that most people take for granet and don't take the time to sit back and soak in the power that fishing provides us with.
I remember a time i was out trolling the shoreline casting for bass when out of nowhere a down pore. I didn't see or hear any thunder or lightning so i stayed out and kept fishing. Within the 5 or 6 minutes it was raining that was the best fishing i had had all day.
Once my dad trevor and i were just out gill fishing and we were about to poll anchor and move so i grabbed my pole to reel it in but i was stuck on something i could barely pole it in. when it broke the surface of the water we could see it was not a log but a very large musky i have never caught on or seen one in person we fought it for a while beside the bout then it finally popped the line it was an experience i will never forget.
When i was a yungster i could barly walk when my parents got me a fishing pole. It wasnt nothing fancy just a little push butin but i charished it because it was my first fishing pole ever that my parents got me so I could do one of the things I love to do during the summer.
I believe that the power of fishing can set your mind to ease and clear your head of anything you might want off it. It takes you to your own place and that’s why I believe in the power of fishing.
This I Believe
“No matter your social status or how powerful you are, we are all equal. We come here by birth and will leave in death.” I believe in equality, everyone deserves to true happiness.
It doesn’t matter what they look like, how one dresses, or what a person does. We all should be able to do what we wish. As time changes we see a lot of people get criticized by the way one loves, talks, and acts. In my eyes I personally believe this is wrong.
I believe whether you’re straight, or in the LGBT community we all deserve to be happy and treated as one. I was raised to see and treat everyone the same. Whether you’re black, white, hispanic, even pink or purple, you should be treated with love and respect. We all bleed red, I pray and wait for the day that we can all be equal and at peace.
Once again, “No matter your social status or how powerful you are, we are all equal. We come here by birth and we leave in death.” I believe strongly in equality.
18 October 2017
I believe in second chances. As a human being, I have made several mistakes. With every mistake comes a lesson. Ever since I could walk and talk I have thrived on making the best of myself, however, we all have setbacks. Many people are hooked on being “mistake-free” or a perfectionist, but even the most famous, and most intelligent people in the world make mistakes. We are all guilty of making them, whether we are able to admit it or not.
The biggest mistakes often frame people, as soon as one does something unlike them, the whole world looks at them differently. Although there are many things that can justify as mistakes, there are many things that do not. The word mistake is greatly used as a blanket term, there are many people who use it when a homicide happens, or other serious things.
Out of all the years I have been on Earth, I have realized that every once in awhile it’s okay to make mistakes as long as one learns their lesson. Without mistakes we wouldn't be human. When I was younger, I constantly got down on myself for making so many mistakes, I have now learned that it’s a part of life.
I believe in mistakes. I believe that everyone is guilty of making a mistake at some point in their life whether it was big, or small. There is always going to be a tomorrow, a day for one to fix the mistakes of the past. We would not learn as many lessons if we didn’t make mistakes. I believe in giving second chances because without them, everyone would be lonely. Everyday is a new day to learn from the wrongs of yesterday.
Your piece is written very intelligently and uses very good vocabulary. I agree that mistakes are a part of life
Self-love is often defined as the sole regard for one's own happiness, advantage, conceit, narcissism, or vanity. Why is something, so integral to a healthy lifestyle, riddled with such deeply negative connotations? To actively take part in showing myself the love I deserve is often perceived as arrogance and vanity today. So much so, in fact, that it can seem almost impossible to walk the surprisingly fine line between the social dichotomy of “low self esteem” and “full of yourself”. I believe, in the depths of my my heart and soul, that the preservation of a healthy self-image through acts of self-love is vital in maintaining a happy and healthy psyche.
To further understand why prioritizing self-love is so empowering, I think it is important to compare who I am now, while I hold myself in higher regards, to who I was when I struggled with a lower image. Mentally and emotionally, when I am capable of maintaining a higher image of myself, I tend to be more self-reliant and confident in my abilities. When I am having problems and struggling in these aspects of life, I tend to be very dependent on others for reassurance and constantly underestimate my potential to do amazing things. It is crippling, and affects even the smallest parts of life. At this point, I had to ask myself, which of these people would I rather live as for the rest of my life?
My awakening came slowly through years of personal reflection, especially in trying times. However, I can pinpoint the start of my journey to my sophomore year of high school. Caught in a whirlwind of toxic relationships, all of varying degrees, I began finding myself almost completely dependent on the approval of others and needed constant reassurance in even the simplest of situations. After a particularly rough set of time, I realized that this simply was not the person I wanted to be, and decided I had to make a change. I removed the roots of toxicity from my life and began focusing on living for myself. This is still an active process, and self-love is a conscious choice I have to make every single day.
It is also important to look at what I consider as an act of self-love. These actions may differ from person to person, but ultimately come down to some very basic principles. Acts of self-love are not just done to constantly spoil myself. A positive self image doesn’t mean thinking I am higher than anyone else in priority or importance. Preserving a healthy self-image through acts of self-love simply means that I occasionally give myself random acts of kindness I otherwise would not receive, in conjunction with a conscious effort to accept and understand myself a little more each day.
Rupi Kaur, a modern poet, acknowledges the importance of self love and writes in her book, “It was when I stopped searching for a home within others and lifted the foundations of home within myself I found there were were no roots more intimate than those between a mind and body that have decided to be whole.” It is a slow and meticulous process that will take years to get to where I want to be, but never in my life have I met anyone who has ever regretted learning to love every aspect of themselves unconditionally. I refuse to harbor guilt for taking the time and space I need to grow and love myself, any longer.
18 October 2017
I believe in the freedom of the innocents. I believe in the fact that a person can choose their religion. I believe that a person can choose their job, their sport, their day to day lives. I am a man who respects others while also having my opion of them. I am a man that works his ass off day to day to survive in a world of terror and corruption. I believe that corruption can be conquered to bring peace and prosperity. Yet it may be a challenge to bring it to that point, I would be willing to take that challenge and accomplish it.
I am a part of a group of accomplishments, a group that will fight until the job gets done. I am not a quitter, I am a complainer, but I am NOT a quitter. The group is well known as G.T.C. Otherwise known as Goal To Complete. I have been a part of this group since its creation. This group is a community of gamers, but also of men and women that decide never to give up. We fight until the last man, the last mag, the last bullet. We do not do this for ourselves, not for our entertainment, but for the hope that one day we will be able to make a difference in the world.
I know for sure that I will be able to stand any day to fight the good fight. To make a world where freedom is a requirement, where everyone can come together to destroy our common enemy. But to do that, we need to trust people, we need to trust each other. Otherwise, we are just as good as them. Greedy, terrifying, and hell makers. It's time to show them what a real freedom is. I believe we can do this, but I need to know you trust me, you trust each other.