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This I Believe… Olivia Tritschler



Life isn’t fair. This is a commonly used line by parents and children alike. Often used when one has to do something they would rather not do, or when one cannot do something they want to do. But these words hold truth.

When I was younger, I would always complain if I was given a chore while my brothers weren’t. It would usually be about something small, like I had to wash the dishes. As I got older, it started turning into “why can’t I stay up late? Joe does”, and other such comments. Then one night towards the end of 5th grade my complaints changed.

My parents had told my brothers and I that we were all moving to Asmara, Eritrea for ten months. I didn’t want to hear this and I didn’t want to go. I protested. I would live with my best friend for the time period my family was gone. I was set on doing whatever I could, so that I did not have to go. Unfortunately for me at the time, I was forced to move to Africa.

While life isn’t fair, the challenges and conflicts that we face due to the unjustness of the world make us stronger. Since Africa, I have had an increased interest in travel and I have kept in touch with a few friends from then.

I now try to have an optimistic view on whatever I have to face. Whatever unfair occurrence that I have to face, I try to get over it because there will always be something unfair that comes my way. That doesn’t mean I don’t complain about things at times. I still like to put up a fight and make myself heard if I think I am doing more chores than my brothers, or if my brothers get to do more fun things than I. What can I say, even though I know that they have unfair things in their lives, I still try to get out of mine.:)

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    Jamar JohnsonNov 7, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Sure life isn’t fair but someone has it harder than you. Just think of someone who has it harder than you and just move on and quit whining. Their are children with cancer who ask “Why it had to be them?” and someone complains about something trivial that would be over and done with by the time you and your parents stop arguing. Life isn’t fair but there is someone else who hears that line way too often.

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    Jessica TaylorNov 4, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    I am forever using that expression. When I have too much homework or my mom tells me to do something that I do not want to do, those words come out of my mouth. Even though I say my life is not fair all the time, I know that I actually have an easy life compared to some people. So I try not to complain, but I am only human so I still do sometimes.

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    Unique LarryOct 29, 2010 at 9:26 am

    The line this is not fair is often used buy many of us and we all say it with out thinking about what others are going through. It’s a bit selfish to think we complain about homework and others wish they could afford to go to school.

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    Rachel WaymackOct 29, 2010 at 6:54 am

    Life definitely isn’t fair and i that can be seen in everyone’s life, but i admire that you’ve accepted that and instead of being upset about it have decided to have an optimistic outlook on life, even if it isn’t fair.

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    Devan AndrewsOct 28, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Personally, whenever I come across a time when life seems unfair, I try to surmount the difficulty, for if you succeed when the odds are against you, it normally puts things in your favor and shows your strengths. It’s like an underdog winning in a normally rigged tournament, as it gives you a confidence boost and give you a sense of entitlement, for if you can prevail in overwhelming circumstances, surely you prevail anywhere.

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    shelby reynoldsOct 28, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Chores are no fun. I definately would try getting out of doing them every chance i got.
    As much as i like to travel now, I probably would be in tears if my parents said that we were moving to a foreign country because i have a person here that i would be torn in half for if i had to say goodbye. It would be terrible.

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    Raya GirardOct 26, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    life really isn’t fair but I notice it only bothers me when the unfairness doesn’t work in my favor. If I get some thing more than my brother or sister I consider myself lucky. if they get something more I consider it unfair. I have begun to realize that if I was actually keeping track of both luck and unfairness it would probably come out pretty even. if you took in to account all the times that the ” unfairness” turned into a new opportunity then the luck would probably out weigh the unfairness.