This week we worked mostly on our “This I Believe.” It did get a little monotonous at times, but I really enjoyed it. Being able to see what random, and not so random, people believe is really cool.
The United States was founded on the idea of freedom, but I often feel scared to share what I believe in because there is always someone ready to call you crazy based on one belief. Most of the time only hearing one belief is often one sided stories can be considered dangerous like Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche shares is her TED Talk The Danger of a Single Story. Only hearing one thing can limit what you know.
During this project I felt that once I figured out my belief, it was a little difficult to pick one memory that would help to explain my belief that everything happens for a reason. I have so many experiences my belief has been confirmed, but on Tuesday after class I was feeling that I had no clue what I was going to discuss.
My belief was both confirmed and I figured out what moment from my life I was going to share, was from that day. The birth of my youngest sister or something along that line was what I wanted to discuss, and after taking my sister to dance I felt like that was the afternoon that I needed to share. Actually writing about it was difficult at first but once I figured out how I wanted to start it was smooth sailing from there.
After Tuesday, I feel that I was able to steer clear of the dangers that a single story can present based on the way that I have chosen to script my belief. I just hope that no one get in arguments over their beliefs, because if they do it will spoil the beauty of this project.