The Grass is Greener on the Side that Rains

Kristen - California
Entered on May 8, 2009
Age Group: Under 18

I believe that attitude is everything.

Attitude is more important than facts or statistics. It is more important than the amount of money you have, the car you drive, the house you own, the education you received. It’s more important than the amount of beauty you obtain, the skills you’ve learned, and the talent you use. Good, bad, success, and failure are all going to be apart of every single person’s life, so why do people choose to let the imperfections ruin it all? I believe that life is what you make it.

I was watching a poker tournament on television the other night, and I realized that’s life. Some were dealt a great hand of cards and some not so great. I watched one man fake his bad hand and win. He made the best out of what he had and went with it. Then the next hand, he got a really good hand. We were dealt this hand in life, because whoever is controlling this whole operation, knows we can handle it. If you are going to look for imperfections in something, you are going to find them every single time. But it works vice versa as well. If you look for the wonderful things in life, you will find them. I think a lot of people stress about things they have no control over. I think that whatever energy you put into the world, is the energy you are going to get back. “Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.” Life is struggles. And you can let all of those struggles, failures, losses, imperfections, letdowns, and disappointments beat you down, or you can fight back.

For example, one night, my mom and I decided we really wanted to bake chocolate chip cookies. So we looked at the recipe and realized that we didn’t have a couple key ingredients, including chocolate chips. So we decided to use the one Hershey bar we had and some chocolate syrup. We baked our cookies and when we took out them out of the oven, and they looked disgusting. But we ate them anyway, and they were terrible. But we had so much fun making them and that it didn’t matter. We could have chosen to get frustrated and give up, but we didn’t. We made the cookies anyway.

The point is, life is never going to be exactly what you want it to be. It’s going to hand you lemons, and you can either cry about it, or make lemonade. The happiest people in the world aren’t the richest and most glamorous, and they aren’t the people with perfect lives. Without struggles and pain, no one would know happiness. I think that life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you respond to it. I believe that attitude is everything.