I’m sure you’ve been told many times by somebody to “be positive” and I’m sure that you have ignored that advice many times also. I must say I am guilty of this. Every morning when I wake up for the dreaded school, I am anything but positive. I go through my morning routine and get in the car where my mom waits with her coffee in her hand and a smile on her face. We drive to school and I recite my long list of complaints. Her response is almost always, “Your day is what you make it, be positive!” Although my usual reply to this advice is rolling my eyes I’m starting to actually put it into practice.
What made me change my mind you may ask? A few things actually, some including others and some including myself. Let me share a few examples. Example number 1: Grades. Every once in a while I get in this weird state of mind for about two weeks that grades are nothing and that school is just to stressful to handle. The last time I did this my grades obviously went down a bunch because I never turned anything in on time if at all, one of those things being the blogpost before this. I realized that I was only making school even more stressful for myself. I decided I needed to be more positive when it came to school. Instead of thinking of all the bad things about school I thought about all the good things. I can’t even explain how much better it made me feel. Of course I still get stressed and mad at least once a week but now I feel proud of myself instead of mad.
Example number 2: bird clothes. Yes, you read that right. My group of friends and I decided that for our maker project we are going to make bird clothes. We didn’t really think it through. We barely knew how to sew or measure a bird for that matter. After a couple classes of just trying our best I kind of broke down with frustration. I realized that we didn’t know what we were doing and it bothered me. I sat doing nothing for over half of a class when my teacher finally decided to talk to me. She told me that I needed to have a better attitude about everything. I listened and now two classes later I’m feeling better than ever about the project.
If you’re still reading, which I hope you are, I encourage you to think back to when all those people told you to be positive and how you rolled your eyes at them. Promise me that next time somebody gives you that advice, you will at least try to listen, because that can sometimes make all of the difference (: