Life as a tug-a-war for advice [Teen Article]

Tyler is a 16-year-old from Denver, CO. She enjoys reading and traveling, one day she would like to pursue a career in Business Management.

Life as tug-a-war for adviceWhat is the best piece of advice you have ever gotten? There are two sides of me that are always playing tug-a-war with this question. One piece of advice I have been given is to always be grateful for what you have because you never know when things are about to become worse. This makes me savor every single moment I have with my family and try to not take things for granted. However, there is another side of me that says to never be satisfied with what you have accomplished, there will always be a new leaf to turn, a new moon to shoot for. Because of this, I have always pushed myself to do my very best at everything, surrendering is never much of an option. I think these both make up a mixture of the best piece of advice I have ever gotten: If you don’t take life’s simple pleasures for granted and aim your goals high, you’ll always have a soft landing.

I may at times become envious of my friends with a bigger expanse of money, or often find things to complain about in my life. But I often tune these thoughts out when I think of how much I have to be thankful for. Thoughts like these make life more enjoyable when you stop holding out your hand demanding more, and instead take a step back and embrace what you already have. I think this is an important realization for everyone to have.

When taking a psychology class over the summer, we all learned that studies show that those who are the happiest are those who show the most gratitude and the ones who always want more are the least happy. For instance, we learned that winning the lottery will actually make a person unhappier, because after they spend all of their money, they will eventually drift back to longing for priceless things such as a loving family and a pleasurable job.

However, once I was told to never be satisfied with what you have accomplished. At first I thought this contradicted being grateful, but in fact this is an entirely different concept if processed carefully. By setting bigger and bigger goals for oneself, that person is living their life to the fullest. Never stop trying to get to the next level, there is always more to accomplish in the world. This is a good piece of advice to follow because it makes a person ambitious, which is a good quality to have.

It is possible to be grateful and still try to set new goals to accomplish at the same time. Both pieces of advice are essential to living a good life. It is important to be an optimistic person so that when a person is disappointed when they don’t get their way, they can still look back and say they lived a great life because of the gratitude they showed. Life isn’t ever easy, and it may be a tug-a-war of being appreciative and striving, but in the end it will surely be worth it.

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