Raven White

10/10/08

English Comp 1

Mrs. Colson

This I Believe

I am empowered. I will not let anyone make me a victim. I am my own person. I will not let anyone control my life. I will live my life to the fullest. I am someone. I am my own person. I will not have limits. This is what I have become, and this is how I will teach my children in the future. My life is an open book, with blank pages. I can write anything that I wish to on these pages, and I promise myself that I will not waste time or ink. The story of my life will not be just another boring tale; it will be a novel of epic proportions. I will do everything in my power to see this through.

It is my firm belief that everyone should do the same as I do, and follow his or her dreams. There is nothing that cannot be achieved in this life, and to limit one's self is to be closed minded. Do not be anything less than is possible. There is nothing better than being empowered, nothing better than being a strong-willed, independent person. No one should tell his or herself anything less. Trust me; my life has been better ever since I let go of everyone's expectations.

Before, my life was miserable, perhaps even empty. I lacked purpose and personality; I allowed myself to become a puppet of someone else's dreams and expectations. Then I broke free. I was exhilaration incarnate; I slowly became the person that I always wanted to be. I felt fear at first; it was a new experience for me, not being guided step-by-step by someone else. Soon, though, I released all inhibitions and started finding a true direction in my life.

Don't ever be afraid to dream. Nothing is impossible with a little hard work and determination. Empowerment doesn't appear overnight; it is a long process, one that I am still striving to complete. There is always a bit of insecurity with every big decision, but the end result is more than worth it, rest assured.

I believe in empowerment. I believe that I am my own person. I urge everyone else to do the same.