I’ve always been one who opened myself to faith; to believing even when there wasn’t complete proof. I believed in Santa Claus until 6th grade. When I swam in pools, I imagined I turned into a mermaid. And, I have maintained a strong Catholic faith.
Sure, this may make me seem ignorant. Santa Claus is a commercial creation, I was always a slow swimmer, and Catholicism can seem crazy too (we worship some hippie guy who came out from the uterus of a virgin!)
But it is my willingness to have faith, to believe in what can’t be proved, that allows me to be open to life. It allows me to believe that there’s a purpose to my life, and that I must share it and treat it well. I value myself because God value’s me, and I value others because God values them, too. All life is beautiful, and I try to allow myself to be touched by all of its beauty.
Now, I’m entering a point in my life where I need a lot of faith. I need to have faith that I will be able to make friends, do my work well, and still remain true to myself while I allow for this great life change. But this is also the point in life where people lose their faith. Belief in a higher power seems ignorant in a land of higher education. But I believe that higher education is getting to know oneself, and I know that having faith fuels who I am.