Live with and Upbeat Attitude

Thomas - Wenham, Massachusetts
Entered on May 20, 2008
Age Group: Under 18

Live with and Upbeat Attitude

I believe that a happy life comes with hard work, and an upbeat attitude.

I am not going to litter you with phrases such as “Reach for the sky!” and “Live life to the fullest!” but it’s true; you really should try to make the best of things in life. Life is hard. That is a fact. The phrase “You can’t always get what you want” is a very important one. Life will be mean to you, beat you, and make you miserable, and yet it can also be happy, upbeat and joyful.

One thing that I have learned in life is that if you make things harder than they really are, and are stubborn and grumpy, life becomes harder. When I was around eight or nine, my mom signed me up for a camp without telling me. About a month before the camp was due to start, she handed me the brochure, telling me I had to sign up for three activities. One word started back at me. “ArtWorks”. I read it out loud to my mom. I flipped through the pages slowly. This camp did not look fun. I spent countless hours complaining and moping, telling my mom, “I DON’T WANT TO! None of these activities look fun. I won’t know anyone!” I didn’t know what to do. She finally convinced me to go. A month later, we were there, at this “Waring School” My mom smiled as we turned left into the driveway. I was not happy. For the whole day I whined, trying to convince my self that this place was not fun. But midway through the second day, everything changed. I made friends. I put the stubborn, unhappy part of me away, and I finished the camp; and I though it was great. I continued to go there for five more years, each time collecting more memories, each year having fun.

After thinking about this experience, I realized one thing: the camp didn’t change. I did. I made the experience better. So now, looking back on it, I try to no longer be stubborn in life, and if an activity rolls along that I don’t really want to do, I try to make the best of it. I have changed from that nine year old on his first day of ArtWorks. Small examples of these scenarios still pop up today, and no matter what, I will always go through them with an upbeat attitude. I have always tried to make the best of things in life, and I always will.