September 2001
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Believing You Can
By Gail Allen, Garden Valley Collegiate, Winkler MB

Believing in yourself, believing that you can is the start of everything in life. Being passionate about something makes you feel incredibly different than just living life. And reaching your goals is a joyous occasion.

If you have no idea what to do after school, donít even bother worrying about it. Youíll know at the right time for you. Some people know what they want to do when theyíre seven years old, some when theyíre twenty. Everyone is different, unique, an exception to the rule, and incredibly special. "Lifeís greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved," said French novelist Victor Hugo. There is always someone who loves you.

If someone says you are the most gifted artist theyíve ever known, you have talent. If someone says that you sing like an angel, you probably do, and you should really take note of that. If you want to be in a band and make a CD, donít let anyone hold you back! If a desk job in the local bank is cool for you, go for it. And if you want to travel to Third World countries and become and aid worker or a missionary, start fund raising.

Donít be afraid to go after what you want. You have only one life in which to accomplish everything. Donít put it off. Donít wait for tomorrow. The point is not to win. Itís not to always get you want. Itís to jump into life, to see whatís out there, and to discover who you are, what you can do, and what youíre meant to do. Believing you can will get you anywhere you want to go.


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