I grew up in a pessimistic family where my parents imagine the worst outcome in a situation and that outcome would always turn out to be true. At first I thought they were psychic and that they predicted the future but that thought went away as quickly as it came. It wasn’t until I started to have negative thoughts myself, that things started to go out of control. When I started middle school, kids started to bully me. At first I just shrugged it off, but the more it happened, the more I started thinking that I deserved to be bullied. I would start envisioning that I would get bullied the next day at school after I just got home from being bullied. My weekends would consist of thinking of new insults that people would come up with in order to bully me. There wouldn’t be a day where I didn’t get bullied, whether it happened in my mind or in real life, I was constantly bullied and lived believing that I deserved to be. Eventually I started to think that this is how life would always be for me. One day I finally decided to tell someone my problem so I went to one of my friends. She was the type of person that everyone seemed to like. Things were always going good for her and she never seemed to complain about anything. When I told her about my bulling problem she told me something that I never imagined her saying. She was bullied as well. Immediately I asked her how the bulling stopped. I wanted to know her secret to being happy and having people like you, if there was one. All she told me when I asked her was “Think positively and imagine life without bullies.” and nothing more. That day I went home with her advice in my head and decided it must work if it worked for her. At first imagining me with no bullies in my life was hard but after a few days of convincing myself I didn’t deserve to be bullied, the bullies slowly went away. I don’t know if they stopped because I didn’t let their hateful words hurt me or if it was my positive thinking so I decided to try it on something else. At that time I had trouble with writing and was struggling in my English class. I could never convey the information I need to convey and keep it within the word limit. So I started thinking that I would be good at English and that eventually, with practice, my writing would improve instead of worsen. To my surprise I would get a better grade every single paper I handed in. Now that I had this new found fact, I used it for everything. I kept imagining my life to be amazing, filled with laughter and positivity, and it kept getting better and better. I was becoming who I thought I’d become. I still am to this very day. Remember to stay positive, throw away every single negative thought that you get and watch your life unfold right before your eyes. Also, have a little fun with it. Try thinking of things that you’d never thought possible. With hard work and positive thinking anything is possible. “Often times, we end up who we think we will become. Think well.” –JL 2012
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