Sofia Scharf - Grade 8, Incarnation Catholic School
Climbing Mt. Elbert
I do not think that at any point in my stay at Colorado that anyone was negative. My family and I went to Colorado over the summer to climb some mountains. We were on top of Mt. Elbert, the tallest peak in Colorado (reaching 14,441 ft.). I was not in a good mood that day. We had to wake up early, pack, and eat in less than fifteen minutes, and then sit in the car for hours. Also, I had two chipped bones in my back, although I did not know that at the time. Once we were at the mountain, we began our climb. We were still below tree line when we sat down near some other people for a break. It was then when it came to me that this would be incredibly difficult but fun altogether. Those people that we met were some of the most positive people that I have ever met. They gave me some of their energy. I was ready. Once we got above tree line, I could tell that my sister was being a laggard. She was slowly trailing behind, taking breaks more often than us.
“Drink your Gatorade, it’ll be alright. We’ll show this mountain who’s boss!” I continued to encourage her. It began to rain and groppel (a type of mountain hail). The winds were also gusting fifty miles-per-hour. Eventually, we made it up; my sister before me. She was so joyous once we were on top to look at the gorgeous view below us.
So, what is the importance of having a positive attitude? The answer is right before you. Positivity spreads like the plague. Those people helped me, and I wanted to help my sister. The more you help, share, donate, or even laugh, the more the people around you will become happy. Because of my actions, my sister made it to the peak of Mt. Elbert. It was raining, so my dad was joking, “The mountain is crying because you exploded its trail!” We all laughed. Laughter can and will always be your medicine. Have you ever heard that expression? Did you know that some of your immune cells (the NK ones to be specific) actually gain strength with your laughter? It’s quite an interesting fact to think about. You have a lower chance of getting sick if you laugh a lot. It never fails to amaze me.
From this experience that I had on Mt. Elbert I have learned the power of positivity. Being happy hops from one person to the next, but it retains itself in the original place, just like the Olympic torch. In the future, I would like to influence others with my positivity and hard work ethic. When people unite, they can be powerful and moving. The power of optimism will continue to move through them as they all achieve their goal. Positivity is unstoppable.