This I Believe : Aaron Roppoli

Jump a Bush

It is an unavoidable truth that many people suffer from the schedule that can steal freedom and seem to restrict a persons’ character with its repetitiveness. I wasn’t spared from falling victim to the monotony of a schedule. My schedule was the typical one of waking up, going to school, going to work, studying, then going to sleep in order to recharge my body so I could do it all again. It controlled me to the point that my body could go through the day even if it didn’t have a brain. Many times I find myself at home after the 40 minute drive from college and think back on the trip and struggle to remember most of it because of the powerful effect of a boring schedule. But I believe that I can include fun into my life and also break the tight grip that schedules can take on me by doing small actions to change life from a recurring nightmare into an awesome experience.

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This I Believe : Hyo Nam Heller

F*** it

Have you ever stressed so much over certain tasks so much it is impossible to enjoy down time man? When down time becomes…. Down time haaaa get it? It sucks! When I was in High school, the weekends were dreadful, dull and I don’t seem to be in the mood for anything. I stress and stress over the work and yet I still trick myself into thinking I will do it the coming Sunday. So I feel great about myself!… For about 30 minutes, then I feel like a worthless piece of s*** again. Man how the small tasks you have will ruin your weekend. I can’t get away from school on my free time. But due to the severity of my “f*** it” motto, I basically desire immediate happiness so desperately that it comes back and punches me in the face. So now my present and future are both f***ed and don’t I feel GREAT!… And I wonder why didn’t I just do it Friday to enjoy the weekend? But I procrastinate and prove to the world I am that f*** up that recycles the same excuses to procrastinate once again. This never-ending cycle kills my fun, family plans and my workouts! Worst of all I become butt ugly and die of obesity. Okay my bad, I went overboard the lame jokes but maybe you catch my drift?

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This I Believe : Hana Villafana

I believe we should always find a reason to smile and if we can’t, then we should be the reason to smile. Look at the world and what do you see? On one side I see a world full of self-absorbed men and women in constant competition over who has more money, more power and less body fat, but then I turn around and see men, women and children fighting to survive; no school, no work, nowhere to sleep, no food, no hope. It’s difficult to take a glance at our world, at my life and find a reason to smile. My whole life I felt controlled by my environment, whether it was the country I lived in, my family’s financial situation, the school I attended, or the people who crowded my life. I lived in if land. If I was skinnier I’d be happy. If my coworkers agreed with me I’d be happy. If my brothers’ health problems went away I’d be happy. If I had more money I’d be happy. If my husband spent more time with me I’d be happy. Recently I hit a rough patch in my marriage and I lost my biggest reason to smile. It finally hit me how dependent I was on other people to make me happy. People are always changing, so is the world and what makes us happy is also constantly changing. Once we find what we thought would make us happy, we realize that isn’t actually what we were looking for or there’s something more we desire. The search for happiness is never ending and that is why I don’t need to find happiness, I need to be happy, and be happy right now. Don’t look at life as a whole but look at all the details of life. We constantly look for how we can better our lives but I’d rather look at what is good right now, no matter how small it may be: I didn’t have to wait for the elevator this morning, I found the perfect dress in the first store I went to in less than 30 minutes, or someone gave me mochi ice cream just because today. But sometimes these small things to be grateful for don’t suffice to give me hope and that is when I look for a reason to believe in better things by changing myself. Instead of waiting for the world to give me a reason to smile, I’m going be the person I wish other people were. If far from perfect me can change for the better, than why can’t the rest of the world? This gives me a reason to hope, a reason to smile and no one can take this away from me. I’m not lost looking for happiness but I am happy and I give those around me a reason to smile, and that makes me the happiest of all.   Continue Reading