This I Believe

Lucas - Portland, Oregon
Entered on September 19, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: family, setbacks

I believe that everyone can find something good in any situation. When I was six years old, my family decided to move from Wausau, Wisconsin to Portland, Oregon. At the age of six time I didn’t really know much, and I was just sad that I was leaving the few friends I had. Once we arrived at our new house I was excited because I got to choose my new room, but that’s all I was really excited about. I didn’t know anybody, I had no friends.

A few weeks after we finished unpacking I had met more kids in my new neighborhood that I had even known there were in the state of Wisconsin. Something that I thought was going to be so bad turned out to be so good. A few years after the move my parents called me and my brother downstairs to have a family talk. They brought us down and told us that they were getting a divorce. I instantly broke down and cried. I didn’t know any better, and I couldn’t control myself. It took me a little while to gather myself but after a few days I was fine. My dad moved out into his own house about a mile down the road. My brother and I joked about the fact that we would get two Christmas’s now, and double the allowances. But that never really happened. We still got together as a family at Christmas time and things like thanksgiving, it seemed just like it did when they were together.

My parents didn’t split up because one was cheating on the other or anything like that, they just realized that they were totally different people. That they were happier apart then when they were together. It took me a few years to realize that, but now that I have I’m happy about it. I am who I am today because of these types of experiences, and I wouldn’t change anything. Even if you cant find something good about a situation at that time, in the long run its well worth it. You just need to be an optimistic and look on the bright side of things.