Optimistic. Pessimistic. Who really cares how you look at life, except those around you. I believe that we are masters of our outlook in life.
Since I was about 12, people always noted to my mother how positive about everything I was. How no matter what situation i was in, or around, I found something that i could laugh at or smile about. I didn’t always used to be this way. I was angry a lot for a long time and found life to be unfair and cruel.
In time I soon found that all my energy was spent by mid morning and I had nothing to look forward to after lunch, or so I always felt. Well, when my friends started asking me if I was sick and if everything was ok I knew that something needed to be changed. to be honest I was still surprised I had friends!
I decided that it was enough. My attitude was terrible and it needed to be changed. I was the only one who could do it. I made a promise to myself that no matter what situation was put on my plate, I was going to find something to be happy about. If I bombed a math test, I was, with extra help, going to be happy about finally understanding those problems. If my brothers were mad at me for one thing or another, I was going to be happy that I wouldn’t have to talk to them for a while. Do you see my point? There is always something good in every situation.
I am a sophomore in college now and I have been the happiest I have ever been these past eight years. I have so much more energy and am always on the go. Smiling and laughing all the time only seems to give me more energy and also encouragement to keep being happy. Why should I not be when I have education at my feet, a loving family, friends, and my faith.
I know that it was my choice to be angry like I was. No one made me and I know that, especially now. When I boil it down to the bare minimum, I choose my outlook on life. You are the masters of your outlook on life. This I believe.
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