I Believe...

3 years ago


wrote before about not knowing whether I believe in a God, in a Heaven or in any sort of afterlife.  I don't think I do, and as much as I'd like to, I don't think I ever will.  I was raised Catholic - Catholic School, church every Sunday (for a while)...  I learned the stories and the lessons, the things I was supposed to believe in.  But looking back now, I don't think I ever did; there was never a conviction, an absolute faith that what I was being told was true. 

But that doesn't mean I am faithless.  There are things I have absolute certainty in - humanity, love, roses in the summer and evergreens in the winter...

I believe that even though I know the world could end tomorrow, it probably won't.  I believe we have hundreds of thousands of years and mistakes left to make, and that humanity will keep growing.  Keep discovering. 

I believe that there is love out there, however fleeting.  The love of a mother, of a brother, of a best friend, of a pet... I believe we have the capacity to fall in love a hundred times in our lives, but that's no promise that we'll find ourselves uttering our last words, still in love till our final moments. 

I believe that in the spring, the world will bloom again - beautiful flowers and baby birds, and that in the winter we will cart evergreen trees out from the fields and into our homes to be decorated. 

I believe in us, in humanity.  I believe that we don't need an afterlife to make all of that important.  Even if we are just an accident of nature, evolution's practice run - that doesn't make us any less important, doesn't mean we leave any less of an effect on the world. 

I believe that we are important without any help from someone we can't see or touch.  We are important and consequential in our own right.

This is an article written by one of the incredible members of the SheKnows Community. The SheKnows editorial team has not edited, vetted or endorsed the content of this post. Want to join our amazing community and share your own story? Sign up here.

More from living

by Kimberly Peta Dewhirst
| 3 days ago
by Lynne Curry
| 5 days ago
by Lynne Curry
| 7 days ago
by Kimberly Peta Dewhirst
| 10 days ago
by Hannah Hickok
| 13 days ago
by Kate Crocco
| 15 days ago