Mara Reynolds - Grade 9, Centerville High School
As I stared outside the window, everything outside was chaos. The clouds were an alarmingly dark shade of gray and the trees violently swayed back and forth. Rain was pounding against the windows of our skylights. My younger cousins were visiting from Indiana and were staying at my house, while their parents visited friends. We were hanging out in our family room, trying to figure out what to do.
Suddenly, lightning lit up the sky like fireworks on 4th of July, and my 6-year-old cousin, who sat beside me, gasped, “Did you see that? It was scary!” I knew he, his sister, and my sister were all anxious. Of course, I was also on edge, being the oldest child in the house. However, I couldn’t show it since otherwise they’d think the storm was something to be afraid of and panic about. In this moment of fear, I knew that they looked up to me. “It wasn’t scary, it was cool!” I told him in an attempt to reassure not just him, but everyone. I figured if I was excited and untroubled about the storm, then they’d be too. “What if we get hit by the lightning?” Thunder rumbled and my cousin looked outside, worry clouding his sky blue eyes. “We won’t. We’re protected by the house. If anything should be worried about getting hit by lightning, it would be everything outside.” My cousin giggled and I knew he wasn’t as frightened anymore. Until the storm was over, I stayed as relaxed as I could, and it made everyone else relax around me. We spent the rest of the night laughing and playing Mario Kart, ignoring the storm.
Overall, my choice of choosing to be happy,when others around me weren’t, made a difference to me because it made me feel like what I was doing was helping my cousins and sister. It made me feel even more content because they momentarily forgot about the storm and were eventually laughing and playing games with me. I have learned that having a positive attitude, even though you’re also nervous, can influence your mood and other people’s moods. In the future, I now know that staying positive, no matter how terrible everything get, it can change your attitude and other people’s attitudes.