Here it is. My final confirmation homework assignment from my last confirmation retreat. Its been a long 3 years at times, but they have all been good and fruitful. In this assignment we had to create a single Belief statement after looking at the Apostle’s Creed. It was kind of challenging to narrow down to just one and even still it was hard to limit my writing. You’ll see that I talk about how fabulous my school friends are, but if I had the time and space to write, my response would encompass a whole bunch more people. Enjoy…
Everyone needs a circle of people who support one another, because who surrounds you is who help shape you. I’ve been really lucky and have had many people who are in theses “circles” or families. Besides my biological family, there is also the dance family, swim team family, school family, and of course my church family. I love to hang out and talk with all of the people in my families. They all mean so much to me, and I tend to look up to them. Without them I would certainly be a different person. Though, while I do love the adult supporters in my life and they are the ones who have really helped shaped me to who I am today and are probably the more constant people that are always in my life, my friends mean the world to me.
I don’t know what I would do without my best friends with me. We are able to just joke and laugh with each other, and at ourselves, yet at the same time we can have more serious discussions about our hopes, dreams, families, our morals at times, and even religion on occasion. With each discussion I feel as if my outlook on life changes just a little bit. We trust each other to talk about what is going on in our lives or what is bothering us. And while it is important to me to be surrounded by loving adults who take time out of their lives to share their time and stories with me, I need my friends who are my age and I can really relate with. I truly believe that everyone needs at least one friend, about their own age, where they feel free to be open and themselves and still feel very loved and supported. I know that for me ever since I have started doing monthly outings with my 3 closest friends I have started to feel better knowing that I have the control to plan really fun days with my friends and that my parents trust me, and my friends, to leave us sometimes and just let us do our own things.
Besides just being great to be around, my friends have inspired me to become a better person in any way that I can, and even though we do not all have the same belief background (a Lutheran, Catholic, Baptist, a Jew) we do have the same basic beliefs and what a good person looks like. My friends are amazing and they have taught me to enjoy what life throws, to be more silly, self-confident, loving, caring, and understanding. Because of me wanting to be a better friend for them, I feel like I have also carried that into being a better, more understanding Lutheran.