Faith in September
Growing up in a home with little religious influence left me confused about what faith really meant. I would make over-generalizations that's the two were intertwined and if I did not have religion I did not have faith, which isn’t necessarily true. I believe that faith can be found in all aspects of humanity. As I have grown, I have tried to find faith in all aspects of my life; whether it be having faith in myself or others, it has been essential for my happiness and success. I can not say my faith has been strong forever, for a large portion of my teen life I was lost, confused, and frankly I was extremely angry at the world. I questioned why I was here and why was I put into the situations I did not want to be in, I felt the world was against me. Finally I came to a standstill; a clearing in the forest that had two distinct paths. One was full of amazing experiences and wonderful people; while the other was gloomy and very lonesome, a continuation of how I was already living. My faith in myself brought me back; it has healed me and guided me to become the strong-willed and passionate person I am today. My faith has influenced me more than anyone and anything. I am endlessly grateful that I had enough faith to change, I hope to never lose it again.
Faith in May
Even though I did grow up in a home with little religious influence, I am not as confused about what faith means anymore. I no longer make over-generalizations that religion and faith are intertwined, and I’m confident when I say I have faith, even if I don’t identify with a religion. I have found faith in all aspects of my life and as I have grown these last few months, I have reaffirmed that I truly do have faith in others, faith in the world, and faith in myself. Having strong faith is still essential for my happiness and success, but it’s also essential for my confidence in the future, and my confidence that everything will work out. I will never be able to say that my faith has been strong forever, but I will never say I don’t have faith again. I will never question why I’m here and why I am put into the situations I don’t want to be in, or feel the world was against me. These last few months, my clear forest has only become clearer. Though I said that in the past, I had two paths, one was full of amazing experiences and wonderful people; while the other was gloomy and very lonesome, a continuation of how I was already living, I now know that in the future, I will be happy either way. My faith will never fail to bring me back; it has continued to heal me and guide me to become something greater. Faith has changed my life.