This I Believe
You have to live with what is handed to you.
by Sarai Age 14
The most important thing to know about the world is that it is not fair. As life goes on, it does not keep you in mind as it does what it does. It doesn’t work to be in anyone’s favor. It doesn’t try to be fair to anyone, ever. Things happen, and they keep on happening, all the time. No matter what.
People will tell you this as life goes on. Probably adults, who have already been through it, when there is no explanation for what has happened. I was told this too, but I didn’t really understand until it happened; my it. The it I am talking about happened in the summer of ’09. July 3, to be specific. My family lost an important member; my aunt. She left behind two children.
Now at this time there was no answer to explain the reason for what happened. Because there is no reason. This is when adults will start to tell you, what I am telling you now. It’s just one of those things about life that you have to understand, without really being able to grasp it.
You have to learn to live with what is handed to you. The only thing you can do is make the best out of the messes life throws at you, and learn to clean them up as they come. I realized this all, when I figured out that we could all still be happy even after our loss. See, what happened wasn’t good; it was the worst, actually. But still, good things can come from anywhere, and anything. You just have to find them. Search for those things, because they are always there.
I tell you this now, but you still may not understand it. Or maybe you do understand, but to comprehend how cruel the world actually is, may be difficult. It also may be challenging to constantly keep in mind, that the world does not have you in mind. You are minute in the grand scheme of things, so why should it? Until something you can call it happens to you, you probably won’t understand completely. As we live through our experiences life will put you down. Just remember; fall down 7 times, get up 8. This I believe.
You touched my heart with this powerful message; an affirmation of the circle of life; the resilience of the human spirit. Thank you for sharing, Sarai.
Sarai, thank you. Marva, thank you, too–for creating a place where Sarai’s voice can be heard.
Thank you to Marva for offering Sarai this chance to write a moving story! Keep writing, Sarai!