Grace Worley - Grade 9, Oakwood High School
Enjoying The Roller-Coaster Ride
Life is a roller-coaster; it rushes quickly over ups and downs, curves swiftly around bends and stops to allow riders to exit and others to climb aboard. At one point in their young years, most teenagers feel that they are stuck at one of these ups, downs, or curves. Personally, I have enjoyed the “top of the hill” feeling and felt unstoppable. Unfortunately, I have suffered through the “bottom of the hill” feeling of being alone. These ups and downs are inevitable and will happen no matter what but teenagers must have a plan in order to stay on the roller-coaster and survive their teenage years.
The first step in my plan is reaching beyond my comfort zone. I have found that in many situations, I have restricted myself from experiences that could’ve benefitted me in the long stretch of the roller-coaster, like not exposing myself to new people because I felt awkward. A quote that I live by daily, “The comfort zone is the great enemy to creativity; moving beyond it necessitates intuition, which in turn configures new perspectives and conquers fears.” from Dan Stevens, encourages me to enjoy the adventure and live life to the fullest; a concept teenagers struggle with on a daily basis.
The second step in my plan is establishing true and reliant friendships. From personal experience, I have befriended people who brought me down and then bullied me. On the other hand, from those bad experiences, I have created new friendships with people who accept me for who I am and have bonded with people who do not judge me for simple things I do, like my personal morals or what music I listen to. Establishing friendships is important in a teenager’s life because if they have people that support them, they are less likely to focus on the downs of the roller-coaster.
The final step in my plan is to keep a positive attitude. I am guilty of judging a book by its cover and not giving anything a chance. If I keep a positive attitude and outlook on life, it will seem a lot more enjoyable. For the longest time, I allowed myself to deem every new concept or new idea as a lot worse than it actually is. A lyric that helps me stay positive is from ‘Keep On The Sunny Side’ by The Whites, “It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way, if we'll keep on the sunny side of life.” This lyric enforces the idea that the world would be a better place if everyone filled its atmosphere with positivity.
As said by Ms. Dotty Yeck, Being Good + Doing Good = Having Fun + Being Happy is very applicable to teenagers. Doing good and being good guarantees a longer, more enjoyable roller-coaster ride. By utilizing this plan, I want to look back on my teenage years and be able to say that I enjoyed every minute of it.