Stop to Smell the Roses

A.J. - Heber city, Utah
Entered on November 20, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: carpe diem
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Have you ever heard someone say, “Stop to smell the roses”? If you have then you know that it means to take the time to enjoy life. I have a strong opinion that in order to enjoy life you must learn to have fun as well as have a work ethic.

My mother learned this concept in her high school years as a freshman. She was involved in many stressful curricular activities and honors classes. She would get home complaining that all her activities were to hard or boring. Her parents told her that she needed to just have a good attitude about it, and try to enjoy it. Unfortunately she was determined to have a bad time. When she got fed up with every thing she decided to quit.

Later on, when a friend of hers asked her to get more involved, she did! This time she decided to have a good attitude about it and not have to try to enjoy the experience (Stop to smell the roses). She combined a lot of hard work with a lot of fun. She became the team captain of the girls basketball team, prom queen, an honor student, and most athletic. She later went to BYU and got a Bachelors degree in Sports Medicine. This led to her being a personal trainer, and raising a family.

This is a great example of how hard work combined with fun and a good attitude will get you a long way in life. The life of some teenagers can be stressful, though some adults wouldn’t know it. We have to worry about a lot such as; sports, peer pressure, school etcetera . The list is endless. Being involved in too many activities can be really hard to do. You can be pushed to the point where its just too much! When this happens it helps to take time to have fun and relax.

Adults have a lot to worry about too. In times such as these there is a lot to worry about! Theres the economy, money, taxes, politics, and work. This list is endless for adults as well. When it becomes to hard take time to relax and enjoy your life. This I believe that, when life gets rough it helps to, “stop and smell the roses!”