Elizabeth Anderson - Grade 9, Centerville High School
Imagine a skyscraper without a strong foundation. It would come toppling down instantly, right? Skyscrapers are a lot like people. If you possess a weak foundation, you could possibly fall apart. Having a sturdy foundation is what is going to help me survive my teen years. My foundation consists of my family members, close friends, and church. I can depend on them when I am in need and they will always be there to support me in achieving my goals. They especially help me gain self-confidence. You experience a lot of stress and sometimes it seems like it is never going to get better. When this happens, you need to know that people care about you. It is easier to get through a turbulent time in your life with someone by your side, instead of being alone.
Aristotle once said, “Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.” I believe that your habits are what form the foundation of who you are. If you grow up making all the wrong decisions with no consequences, you will have a weak foundation when you get older. On the other hand, if you grow up making intelligent decisions and learn from your mistakes then you will grow up with a strong foundation. This will then help you overcome obstacles in the future.
Now, imagine that you are in the elevator of your skyscraper and it suddenly comes to a screeching halt. What happens now? This is an example of a roadblock. Roadblocks are obstacles that get in your way and interrupt your thinking or actions. They can be extreme or moderate. Failing a test or losing a game are some examples. When you fail a test, you can bounce back by studying harder for the next one and when you lose a game you can practice more. You can also always overcome roadblocks by staying positive. It is important to learn from your mistakes and not dwell on them. If you make one trivial mistake, like miss a shot in an important game, you should think positively instead of negatively. Missing one shot, but then surmounting it and playing well the rest of the game is much better than missing a shot and letting it mess up the rest of your game. Positive encouragement is also a big factor in overcoming roadblocks. I would much rather be told to keep my head up than to be told how bad of a shot I just took. Just like if I was stuck in an elevator, I would prefer to be told to remain calm.
Finally, imagine that you are all grown up. You have survived your teen years and are living a fulfilling life. A way to achieve this is to keep your foundation strong, have exceptional habits, and a positive attitude.