Change We Can Believe In
I believe that a person who dares to make changes in his life is a brave man. Most people refuse change in their lives, or they want to change but they lack the courage to put it into action. These are all cowards. If you want to be strong and make your life better, you have to face the challenges in your life .Anybody can be happy in a situation of comfort and ease, however, success can only be achieved through an often painful change in yourself.
When I first found out that I would come to study in America, and that everything was going to change, I was so happy. While I was excited about the new life, I also was afraid of what effect will this new life would have on me. After a few weeks in America, I felt threats to my study and life in every aspect. I thought the whole thing was bigger than I had expected. I got bad grades in my English class. I was so depressed and felt guilty about myself. I couldn’t stop asking myself “Is this the life I want?” and “Can I really make it?” At last, I was so guilty and depressed that I didn’t have any interest in study. I was full of hope when I first came here, and now I nearly wanted to give up. I talked to my father because whenever I have a question, he is the one I talk to. He said to me: “The only way to make yourself happy is to change. If you keep what you used to be, things will get worse.” The fact is, I had three choices: One is to run away which means to totally give up, another is to gradually accept and keep going and finally reach another top in your life, the third is to become hostile and totally hate this kind of life. The first and the last are obviously what I don’t want, so I choose the second one. I become full of hope again, I am happy to go to school and made progress every day. Finally, I got the first A in my English .Now I’m still climbing the high hill and make a better change every day.
One of my mother’s friends encountered the most painful things in her life ten years ago. She had breast cancer. She was always healthy before that when she suddenly received the examination result, she couldn’t accept it and cried out. After her operation, she was so sick and depressed that she thought life was of no value to her. I can’t imagine what her life would have been without her husband’s support. After her operation, her husband tried in every way to make a positive change in her life. He took a walk with her every day after work; He told her the stories of people who survived from cancer; and he encouraged her to live as a person without cancer. Gradually , she accepted the reality. For the past ten years, she has gone to work as normal people do, and she is happy every day and life is wonderful to her. She even doesn’t take medicine. Now she is as healthy as others and it’s ten years since the operation.
By and large, whenever you have a trouble in your life, calm down and analyze the situation : What is the problem, and you will find the solution to change the current situation. Any trouble is temporary if you are willing to make a better change and put it into action. Besides, time will heal everything.
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