This I Believe

Aubree - Heber City, Utah
Entered on December 18, 2007
Age Group: Under 18
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Aubree H

Period 4


Fruit Smoothies

During the summer my mom woke me and my brothers up to tell us that we had to take a family trip to the dentist. One of my brothers, Treven, cried and threw a fit about having to spend a whole day at the dentist’s office. My other brother, Kyden, took another outlook on the situation; he looked at the trip to the dentist as a learning as a fun, exciting, learning experience. He tried to make the most out of the situation. When we got home from the long trip, Kyden was happy and he had learned a lot from the dentist’s office because he asked questions and got as much out of the experience as possible. Treven, on the other hand was still grumpy and had received no benefits from the trip to the dentist’s, simply because he didn’t try to make the most of the sittuation.

I believe that life is like a fruit smoothie. When I make a smoothie I start by putting ice in the blender then adding in other flavoring ingredients. These ingredients are what make the smoothie taste good. If I just put the ice in the blender and nothing else, the outcome of the smoothie would taste plain and flavorless. The same concept applies to life; the more flavor you put in, the sweeter the taste in the end. That summer day I got to see two different kinds of smoothies. Treven chose to put no flavor in his smoothie, which resulted in a flavorless ending. Kyden choose to add some flavor to his, simply by having a positive attitude towards his situation. And, in the end Kyden’s smoothie tasted much sweeter.

One of the greatest ingredients I have discovered for my smoothie is smiling. A while ago I had someone make a remark about how oddly shaped my smile was, this hit me hard. After hearing their comment I went home and dug through my pictures looking at my smile over the years. I convinced myself to believe that my smile was odd shaped and began feeling very self conscious about it. I began trying to hide my smile from everyone I knew. Instead of smiling at people in the halls of my school I would give them a small grin and a slight nod. Even when I laughed I would cover my mouth with my hand trying to hide my “hideous smile.” This behavior went on for about a week or two until I realized that over that time span I had seemed unhappy, because I was unable to express my feelings through my smile. I realized that it didn’t matter what other people thought about my smile, because smiling was an ingredient that I wanted to add to my smoothie to make my life sweet and tasty.

Life can be as plain or as sweet as you wish. Life is what you make; it’s your choice; you can choose to have a positive outlook and be happy in life or look at things in a negative way and have a boring, flavorless life. Add flavor to your life by laughing, smiling, dancing or just changing your way of thinking. You have the option of making your smoothie as sweet as and delicious as you desire. This I believe.