Q: What’s one strong belief you possess that isn’t shared by your closest friends or family? What inspires this belief, and what have you done to actively live it?
A: I gave this some thought, as the answer initially seemed pretty simple. So simple, in fact, that the it seemed too obvious. The more I pondered it, though, I realized my initial response was obvious for no other reason except it was obvious.
I don’t have any strong beliefs that aren’t shared by my family and/or closest friends. Is that a bad thing? I don’t think so. If nothing else, I think it speaks highly of the way I was raised and it made me realize how grateful I was that I didn’t grow up in the South like some people you see on daytime TV who train their kids from birth to be racist. I’m also glad I wasn’t raised to think that Full House qualifies as entertainment. I was brought up with a definite sense of what is wrong, right, good, bad, admirable, and not-so-admirable. Now that I’ve been on my own for some time and have had the chance to exercise my free will and genuinely question why I believe what I believe and live how I live, I’m proud to say that my parents (and those closest to me in my formative years) done good.
I don’t know if it’s a common thing for people my age to say, so I don’t know how normal – or abnormal – it is that my parents brought me up and instilled me with a belief system that 40 years later, I still adhere to and hold in high esteem.
The same goes with my closest friends. I think it’s only natural that those I am closest to people who share similar beliefs. Not that I don’t have friends who have differing opinions on a wide variety of topics, but I think it’s safe to say there isn’t a single strong belief I have that isn’t shared with anyone else in my inner circle.
Sure, we have our differences on the little details; things that, at the end of the day, aren’t going to make a huge difference, but when it comes down to brass tacks (whatever THAT means), we all see pretty much eye to eye. It’s nice to have that common ground. I believe it makes for a much stronger foundation on which to build.
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