Hope is a 15-year-old high school student from Stratford, NJ. She loves reading, writing, socializing with friends and her favorite subject is English because she wants to be a writer/editor.
Everyone has been through a tough situation or two in their life. Some are easier to get through than others, but some are so difficult to get through that they can follow you around and make everyday life incredibly miserable. Hopefully the following story will show how a new attitude and a new way of thinking can help a person get through their tough situations.
January of 2007 was when things started to take a turn for the worse for me. In that month, my dad passed a way. That was the most devastating event that I had ever experienced. My dad and I were so close. I used to get home from school at around 3 P.M. and wait at the door, doing absolutely nothing, until 5 P.M., which is when he usually returned from work. A few months later, a dangerous situation forced my family and me to move from our home. I didn’t want to leave my close friends and home of eleven years, but I had no choice. It was literally a life or death situation. I was shaken up, terrified, and even more devastated than I was a few months back. Less than a school year later, we moved to New Jersey and things still weren’t easy. I exchanged my own bedroom, back home, for a shared bedroom in an apartment. On top of all this, my mother is unemployed and one of my brothers has a severe case of Down syndrome. Down syndrome is basically a condition in which a person has extra genetic material that slows down their developmental processes. Taking care of my brother can be a real hassle sometimes but I love him.
Changing my attitude and my way of thinking helped me overcome my hardships in so many
ways. In changing my way of thinking, I realized that bad things happen for a reason and that good things usually emerge from these bad situations. Before these events occurred, I wasn’t very concerned with my academic performance. I usually did the least amount of work that I could to get a descent grade.
Now, I am more concerned about how I perform in school because I want to be successful in life and I want to make my dad proud more than ever now that he is physical gone. That helped me to become a better student and a hard worker. In changing my attitude, I was able to maintain a good sense of
humor. That helped me keep a smile on my face and ensured that I didn’t bring other people down by
being in a bad mood all the time. These changes also helped me realize that I should be grateful that I have my health and family because there are people out there who have things much worse than I do.
One other thing that helped me was keeping my self busy. For me, keeping busy is the best way to keep my mind off of sad things. No matter what happens, just remember to be grateful for what you have and know that your situation will get better in time.