This I Believe Essays from the Statesville Chamber of Commerce

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Emerald , Hildebran, North Carolina: Everyone needs to take time out of their lives to take a walk on an abandoned trail by themselves and get temporarily lost. People need to walk away from all other obligations and to enjoy the company of no one other than themselves. People need to take time away from the busyness that controls most people’s lives. The stillness in nature allows people to be able to sit down and think about... more
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Randa, Lenoir, North Carolina: An accent is how someone pronounces words. I am from a small country town of North Carolina and I was blessed with an accent. I believe that accents are beautiful. An accent can tell where you’re from, how you were raised, and sometimes who you are. An accent can make you or break you, I say this from experience. My accent has given me problems and I grew into a better person because of it. ... more
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Amber, Newton, North Carolina: Growing up, having a traditional family was normal to me. It wasn’t until I was in middle school that I realized that not everyone had a traditional family. By traditional family I mean a family that has both parents in the house. My mother is a working woman with a BA in accounting. My father is a supervisor at his job and has a high school diploma. They are very successful in what they do bu... more
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Joseph, Hudson, North Carolina: This I Believe for my love of fishing. Men Have fished for as long as men have been on this earth. Fishing for me is a way to be relaxed and forget all my problems. Sometimes I will keep what I catch and clean and cook them but most the time I just throw them back. Fishing has always been my favorite way to spend time and bond with my father and now it is my turn to take my kids fishing and teach ... more
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Jessie, Zionville, North Carolina: Hi, my name is Jessie Hagaman I am in eighth grade at Mabel Elementary School. I believe in hoping and dreaming I believe in this because I won a Dream Scholarship to Caldwell Community College. I got this on the last day of sixth grade I had wanted to go to college to be architect for years. I still remember the day it happened. It was not a normal day… it was the last day of sixth gra... more
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Kristen, Harmony, North Carolina: Does God exist? If so, what is he or she like? These are both valid questions for all who believe in religion, to consider. Many people have no interest in religion, they have no interest in God. Neither do they have any interest in living life to fulfill the will of God instead of making your own life happy. If someone asked me right now to take part in a survey, the question is “do you believe i... more
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Mylow, Statesville, North Carolina: For twenty six years I lived my life as a drug addict. For much of that life I lived destitute and in despair and even homeless a couple of times. I walked the streets of Philadelphia and spent many a night at various crack houses. I would sneak on the subway on occasion just so I would have somewhere to sleep for the night. That was my existence… what I called “life”. I was hopeless, trapped in a... more
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April, Statesville, North Carolina: I believe that any individual can do whatever they set their mind to. Provided the individual is willing to work for what they want in life, they can do anything. Throughout my life as I`ve played the piano, I`ve realized that for you to make improvements in what you do, you need to WORK at it. With each song I`ve played, I have had to work at the correct fingering, keep up with the rhythm, and... more
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Lindsey, Maiden, North Carolina: This may not be so uncommon to some people who think as much as I do, but I find myself rambling and pondering to myself more often then I like to admit. One of my self ponders that keeps reappearing is the complex thought of how much I never want to die, I wish to be immortal. My wish will never come true of course but yet it still reappears over and over in my mind. This may be due to the simpl... more
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Amanda, Statesville, North Carolina: I believe in the power of helping others. To me there is nothing better, more powerful or more rewarding in life than helping others. It is rewarding not only to experience helping others, but to be helped by others as well. Growing up my mom did the best she could on a very tight, shoe string budget and sometimes we ran low on food or needed new clothes. Those were the times when I first remem... more
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Jenna, Hiddenite, North Carolina: I am the girl that opens her window in the middle of the night, leans out, and lights a cigarette. I am the girl who was born on a rainy day to two people who were in love with the idea of being in love. I am the girl who never wants to go home. I light up a cigarette and I inhale. The tar coats my lungs, like liquorice. I am dead, hollowed out, my eyes, clouded like the fish in the market, watc... more
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Alexis, Hildebran, North Carolina: He was shaking and out of breath as though he had just ran for miles. His skin looked translucent, so pale. There were needles scattered all around the room. I could hear him whispering to himself, ``I need more, I need more.`` At the time I was seven. I did not understand what was going on. I did not know what was happening to my father. Neither did I know that he was a drug addict. Seeing my fa... more
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Madison, Lenoir, North Carolina: I believe that giving is better than receiving. It doesn’t just have to be the material objects that everyone thinks about when they think of giving. It can be giving your time, or being the shoulder for someone to cry on. Taking the time to listen to someone share their burdens is another way to give. One Christmas, my mom and I went to Food Lion to give an employee a Christmas present. H... more
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William, Hudson, North Carolina: Everyone has a story and I believe that it’s time to tell mine. My story isn’t a sad sob story or an action filled adventurous tale. No, my story just tells the truth and teaches something I learned at a young age. I had to learn that no matter how bad it seems there is always good in everyone. I had to learn this the hard way so trust me when I tell you that this is true. The whole thing star... more
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Samuel, Hudson, North Carolina: No, not reading the future but looking forward to a positive future. When I first started high school it was a new experience. I really thought that people wouldn’t like me. I had very few friends in middle school. People were embarrassed to talk to me. I was called turkey legs, retard, and many other names because the way I walked. Just two friends that didn’t really turn against me. In elementar... more
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Madeline, Hudson, North Carolina: I believe that everyone deserves to be written a love note. There is something very powerful about holding a tangible, hand written letter in your hands. Having the knowledge that it was written just for you and being able to rest in the comfort at the fact that you not only crossed someone’s mind, but that they felt the need to take the extra step and send you an expression of their love (a littl... more
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Devan, Lenoir, North Carolina: As a small child going through elementary and middle school I quickly realized that this would not be the fairest environment. I was punished for things I had no participation in many times in my school upbringing. From being yelled at for people talking beside of me to being misheard and sent to the principal’s office. I believe that everyone should be treated fairly, and everybody should trea... more
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Anastassia, Statesville, North Carolina: Since I was a young adolescent I’ve had a tender place in my heart for children. After taking a psychology class my senior year in high school I knew I wanted to pursue a career helping children with their psychological needs. I decided to become a Clinical Child Psychologist in order to help at-risk youth solve their problems. I figured that if you identify a problem early and start working ... more
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Darrick , Morganton, North Carolina: In my lifetime, I have tried so hard to understand the concept of religion, and furthermore the concept of a higher being. I have been in a Christian church almost all of my life, and as I became older I started to bear my own personal beliefs. I have always asked myself, ``What do I believe?`` After putting much thought into it, and listening to others beliefs, I have concluded that God is not an... more
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Stevie, Morganton, North Carolina: I believe in the simple fact that family can be anyone. Not just the blood related kind. I believe family is anyone around you who loves, cares, and will do just about everything for you no matter what. They could be your brother, sister, cousin, best friend, or someone else. I have two parts to my family; I have my blood family which is my cousins, brother, sisters and so on. Then I have my fam... more
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john, Morganton, North Carolina: I believe in a strong brother. Where nothing in life and childhood is handed to you without the work. The hardest times in life that test us and our characters are the most cherished times in life. Mine was no different. All that we had done at my house as a child was listening to the radio and cooking out. There was also trash ball. You have a piece of paper, then you have your self a game. I cou... more
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Dakota, morganton, North Carolina: I beilve life is not always fair. Not simply because I haven`t gotten everything i wanted, but just for some people life is harder to succeed at. Everyone has hard times throughout their life, that is only to test our strength, and maybe a little wake up call depending on the situation. Although that doesn`t make life easier to get through. I`m only 16 years old, and I`ve already had five surgerie... more
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Ashley, Morganton, North Carolina: I believe in family. My family has been through thick and thin but we have stuck together. I believe that familys are the sliverlining that we see in the dark and is the ones that are there when we have no one. On my 2nd birthday my uncle died and then in the 8th grade I had to go to 3 funerals and I had a hard time geting through school but my family was always there to pick me up. I believe when... more
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Alyssa , Morganton, North Carolina: This I believe, I completley belive in peace but I know the world will never see it. This world is full of greedy selfish snobs who take things for granted, but on the other hand there are peolpe like me who have learned to seize the day and be thankful for every oprotunity at life they get. I believe the people of this universe should work together to make their environment a place of happiness... more
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Lara, Morganton, North Carolina: I believe that true friendship is gonna come and go. There is so many good things about havin friends and some bad things to. When I talk to my friends I feel like I can tell them anything, like there always gonna be there to listen to me when I need someone to talk to. There are many different types of friends, bestfriends, close friends, true friends, etc. I have a couple really good friends tha... more
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