Mary Rose Schertler - Grade 7, Incarnation Catholic School
Challenges in Life
"A bend in the road is not the end of the road…Unless you fail to make the turn." --Helen Keller, Author, Political Activist & Lecturer (1880-1968)
A bend in the road is like a challenge that someone faces. If they turn with the road, they are solving the problem, but if they go straight, they are avoiding the challenge. They still go on with life, but they are abandoning their goal. To be happy in life, you have to turn with the road, go up with it and down with it. These are challenges, but if you persevere, you can overcome these challenges.
Some goals that people have can be academic, like getting a certain grade on their report cards or getting into a good college, or they can be about life in general, like doing your chores or making dinner for your family, so your mom doesn’t have to. Some challenges that you might face could be personal, like your family is not communicating as well as they used to, or it could be with your whole community, like you were going to do something for your family, but there was a big storm and the neighborhood flooded.
I will meet each challenge like I don’t mind it at all. I will let it roll off my back when it is over and not let it bother me or get to me. I will meet my goal faster this way and I will be able to focus on the next one. I will try to be happy instead of being down in the dumps. I will always have a smile on my face to make the people around me happy. This way, if I am unhappy but not showing it, I am making them happy, and that makes me happy. I think that this will be a good way to live my teenage years.
Even if you accidentally miss a challenge, you can always retrace your steps, get back on the road, and follow it. If you delay something, then do it as soon as you can. You can still make people happy that way, because you eventually did it.