Always Look Up

Ashlee - Hot Springs, Arkansas
Entered on October 13, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
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Always Look Up

I wake up thirty minutes late, I’m having a bad hair day, I can’t find one thing to wear, and I leave all of my homework at home. What an awesome way to start of your day, right? Not exactly. I can already tell that I’m going to have a bad day and nothing will seem to go my way. Great.

Every time I get impatient and start off having a bad day, I think of how to not show it on my face. Nobody wants to deal with someone who’s bitter, with a scrunched-up forehead and nose, not being too friendly. I’ve learned from experiences that things will get better; I just have to look up and look forward to what is to come in the future.

When breaking up after six months, I felt as is my life were over and it was going downhill from there. I was upset and couldn’t understand a lot of things. I still don’t understand how something to perfect could go so wrong, in just a matter of seconds. But eventually, things did get better, and I’m starting to move on with my life.

It’s such a struggle with me, and I can tell with many other teenagers have the same problem of being hurt, whether it’s about heartbreak, love friendships descending, or even feeling neglected by your own family. I believe that everyone needs someone there for him or her to talk to and open up to, and someone to lean on, no matter what.

Whenever it seems as if nothing is going right, or going as planned, I try to tell my friends to cope with things as I do: look on the bright side of things. Think of the good times, not the bad, and through the days, problems will become easier. “Take one step at a time, there’s no need to rush.” I think of this quote often when something goes wrong, of if I feel the need to hurry something up. We have a new day ahead of us, so cherish the present, and look forward to the future.

Just like having a bad hair day, getting in a fight with parents, or even losing a friend, it all deals with hurt and pain. I can relate to all of these. I sometimes feel as if I can do nothing, I’m hopeless. But I’ve learned that with time and amazing friends and family, you can get through almost anything with your head held high.

About a year ago, one of my friends had died in a car accident, and it had affected our entire school. Everyone had been so down, so sad.. it was one of the most horrible times I’ve ever been through. She was one of the best cheerleaders I knew, and she was always so happy and loving. But ever since she passed, it seemed as if everyone had to stick together, build up new and stronger friendships. We all had to be more careful about our choices. Everyone stuck together through the hard times, and we all looked forward to what new and bright things were to come.

“I believe that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on and it will be better tomorrow.”