Connie Sinks - Grade 10, West Carrollton High School
To Stay Happy
The teenage years are filled with dreams, hopes, and passion. However, these years also hold an immense amount of stress and drama. It can be very difficult to balance school, friendships, and being involved in the community all while staying happy. However, there is a very simple way to survive these few crucial years of life.
To start, you must have friends. You need a couple really close people that you can rely on and trust to make you happy on the days that you are down. It is really important to know that you will always have someone who can make you laugh. You also must take care of your friends, show them that you care for them. Make them smile and laugh. This in turn will send joy though your heart.
On the other hand, your friends will not always be there. Some will move, some will drift away from you, and others may never have really been friends. Even those who remain can not constantly be there to make you happy. So next, you must find a passion. Whether or not they realize it, everyone has at least one passion. For some it is in a form of art such as writing, painting, dancing. or creating music. For others it is a sport or a hobby. Your passion will allow you to escape life and melt into another world. It is this that will keep you from overwhelming yourself with stress.
The last part to thriving within these years is to manage your time. Finish your homework when you get home. If you like to procrastinate, you must remember that you won’t want to finish your essays late on Sunday night either. So do everything that you can right away. Then, you will be able to hang out with those you love and do the things that you love.
These years are difficult, but if you aim for your goals, laugh with your friends, and follow your passions, then you will make it out as a better happier person. When you are stressed out and feel as if nothing will help, you must remember that life is an ever changing masterpiece. Everyday is different than the day before. Tomorrow will bring something new, something good.