In my 1st bell, AP Lang class, on Monday, Nov. 25, Mr. Becksfort asked a simple question: “what do you believe”. This relatively uncomplicated question felt daunting and confusing. My first instinct was to wonder the question: “what is a belief”. For I believe Popeye’s chicken sandwich is better than Chick-Fil-A’s and that smaller dogs are cuter than bigger ones. But I was pretty sure he didn’t want me to talk about my food and animal choices.
He went on and showed us an audio recording of a 6 year olds top 100 beliefs, all of which didn’t involve food or animals, but ideas. The child had listed big ideas, for example: we can create world peace, everyone is equal, the importance of nature, and we should help others.
This gave me a better understanding of these “beliefs” he was referring to. Below our some of mine.
I believe in…
- Humanity: With a couple exceptions, I believe that everyone, at their core, is good. I know this idea isn’t adamant all the time, and actions are made quit regularly that would prove otherwise. But I believe that through all the evil in this world, people are just confused and their actions are based on their confused nature. So in the end, we are all just people, who are trying to do their best’s to survive.
- Karma: I let people in when I drive and I allow way too many people to cut in front of me when I exit paring lots. And although most of the time I do it to be kind (and because some people are more aggressive drivers than me), I do it in hopes karma will work out in my favor and someone will let me in later. And with this belief, I am aware that karma isn’t always working, and that bad things happen to good people. But I believe that there is good behind the idea, and that amazing things will happen if we all put good into the world.
- Power of music: I’m almost always listening to music, and although that might sound like a stretch, I am. I listen to music when I’m asleep, when I’m at work, when I workout, when I do homework. And I have a couple different playlists that each serve a different purpose. I like my music. It can motivate me to finish my run or my homework. I can foster my deep thoughts when I’m in the car. And it creates dance parties, rap battles, and awful lip synching with friends. So I believe that music, or at least my music, is powerful.
- Equality: I’ve grown up with 3 younger brothers, and with that I’ve done everything that they have done. If it was playing in the woods with mud or playing football or wrestling, I did it with them. I never wondered if I shouldn’t do it because I was girl and no one said otherwise. Also I grew up with 3 younger brothers, so the fight over the tv was strong, and whose turn and how fair everything was, was always a discussion. The idea of fairness was prominent. So although growing up with brothers was a struggle, it did teach me the importance of fairness.
- Anything is possible: I know this phrase is very cheesy and overused, but I find it to be true. Ignoring the few things that are truly and humanly impossible, I find everything is within reach, for others have done them. Swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles, and running a marathon, at the same time, seems impossible, but someone has done it all under 8 hours (7:44:29). So whatever it is that seems “impossible” to do, usually isn’t. And through my own experience, the things that I used to find impossible were the things that felt the best when I finally did them.