2006 — 7th Grade 4th Place
Macy Royston, Minnesota
Fear, a thing of sadness, guilt, loneliness, fright, or even hope.
Hope, a thing of joy, happiness, creativity, will, or even fear.
Both, so different, and yet so close. Two ideas, both meaningless
without the other. Only seen externally, and rarely internally.
So many people only can see the positive things in hope, and the
negative things in fear.
Fear paralyzes you. When you are afraid of something, whether
it is mental or physical, you are simply paralyzed. It is hard
to do anything normally. You might not be able to do something
physical like stay home alone, or sleep without the lights. Or
you could be emotionally scarred for life from a death or injury
to a loved one. A little over five years ago, my big sister, along
with her son and husband, were all shot and killed. The feeling
alone that I get when I think about what happened, really does
paralyze me. The fear has kept me from doing simple tasks, such
as being alone or in a dark place, because it reflects the image
in my mind of what happened. Suddenly I am not alone, but someone
is there with me, unseen. But I believe that the worst thing that
is so commonly overseen, is that fear has no power at all. You
yourself have all of the power, and control the fear. You might
be afraid of the dark, but there is nothing unusual or not normal
about it. It is everything you see in the daytime, only without
the light. Fear is nothing but a misguided lead to guilt, sadness,
and even sometimes boredom.
Hope, on the other hand, is usually thought of only as a want.
I believe that hope is your heart's true desires, not your mind's.
You may wish for fame, fortune, or material possessions, but what
your heart truly needs is something completely different. While
wishing for something material, your heart may long for care,
love, or just to have a family to care and love. I have learned,
that my hope will always overpower my fear, because I will always
love my sister more than I love anything, and love is the strongest
hope of all. Hope is not wishing, it is knowing. Knowing that
no matter what happens, everything will always turn out okay if
your heart believes it will. Hope is not looking through your
mind's eyes, but your heart's eyes instead.
Hope is more powerful than fear. Because your heart's needs, wants,
and desires are always greater than your minds. I am the one with
the power, and I just have to decide how I am going to use it.
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