I believe in thinking positive

Taylor - kent, Washington
Entered on May 29, 2008

I have always been a daddy’s girl. My dad was my best friend and was always there for me, no matter what. Not many people know this, but five days before I started high school my dad passed away. This set the tone for my whole ninth grade year. I was already terrified to start high school, and then everything I knew was changed. Two months after my dad passed away my step mom of 10 years decided to take my baby sister and leave my siblings and me. Next we had to find somewhere new to live.

We all have times when we want to give up. But if you do that, it will only make you worse off in the long run. I believe in thinking positive. I always do.

I can’t remember ever being so mad in my life! I got called down to the office during the middle of school. I was to go down to the child protection services office in Kent. Since both of my birth parents are deceased, they had to determine where my siblings and I would live. It was awful! My step mom was on many drugs, she could not even stay awake for the hour meeting. My brother and I got kicked out of the meeting because we could not stand to see her like that. I was really upset until I thought of how any positive could come out of this. I could get to know a part of my family I never knew before. Also, not living with my siblings would help us stay closer. But still, I almost could not handle everything I had been through.

Being forced into dealing with more than I could handle took a toll on my school life. I missed lots of school which made my grades plummet. Prior to ninth grade I signed up for the honors biology pod. I was positive I would succeed. I would have, except by missing so much school I got really behind. As hard as I tried, I could not get back on track. My cumulative GPA dropped to 1.8 and I failed biology. By thinking positively; even with everything going on, I’m surprised I did not fail more classes.

Just like adjusting to high school, I had to adjust to a new family. I was lucky I got to live with relatives. Most kids in my situation end up living in a foster home. This made me start to think more positively about my life. The family was so welcoming when I first moved in; they knew it would be a good thing. I knew I would do just fine there.

Thinking positive can often be difficult, but I believe with everything that if you think positively, nothing can get you down. Though I had to adjust to a new school, family, and battle the law; thinking positive helped me get through the toughest time in my life with a smile on my face.