Be Thankful

Allison - Gaylord, Michigan
Entered on March 10, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: purpose
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I Believe…

Allison Simmons

Has there ever been a time in your life where you just want to burst into tears because the most horrible thing just happened, and you don’t understand why? You keep asking yourself, “why me”, and you keep telling yourself that you did nothing wrong to deserve something as awful as this. You think things will never get better, and sometimes you’re almost ready to give up. People go through this every day, and later overcome it. I believe that everything happens for a reason, and you should be thankful for even the most tragic events.

As you go through life you start noticing that you will naturally have ups and downs, bad days and good days. At first you think that bad things that happen are pretty devastating, and that they couldn’t get worse, but when you look past that you see that those devastating events make you stronger. They help you be strong for later situations, and without those situations you wouldn’t be who you are today.

Last year during spring break my friends Stephanie, Karly, Shelby, and I had plans to go to different places. Somehow all of our plans got canceled, and we were all forced to stay home with our parents. We weren’t in trouble; we just had a change of plans. We thought it was pretty weird how all of our spring break plans got canceled, but we thought it was a good thing. We were the “fantastic four” so we would make the best of us being home together. Unfortunately, there was a death of one of my friend’s family member on this spring break. It is a tough thing to go through, and I believe that we all had to be there for that one friend who would need help getting through it and that is why we all stayed home. I helped this friend when she was weak, and watched as she grew stronger. Through this I’ve learned that even the most unthinkable, heartbreaking thing can make a person stronger. This situation not only made my friend stronger, but it made me stronger for learning how people cope with their problems and helping her get through her hard time.

I’ve learned that you meet certain people for a reason, and they might have an unchangeable impact on you. Sometimes people teach you things that you never knew, and you go on and pass it on to others, and to the others it might just be what they needed to hear. You may have impacted their life without even knowing it. Everyday teachers teach us new things that definitely make an impact on our lives. I’ve learned to be thankful for these people and teachers for they are the reason why I am me. They have helped shape my personality.