Hey, guys. I have set a new goal for myself in the midst of looming final exams, deadlines, crumbling friendships, the pressure of summer bodies, and the longest, most difficult programming assignment of my collegiate career so far. My goal is to be positive. Sounds simple enough, right? It probably involves something along the lines of channeling The Little Engine That Could and chugging through life chanting "I think I can. I think I can." However, in all seriousness, being positive is not always an easy task, especially if you have already made a habit of negative thinking (cough me cough). I have to admit that I'm not the MOST positive person around. I have always fancied myself on the side of realism. I like to look at the facts and face them dead on instead of sugarcoating possibilities. I would always say that it keeps me grounded, focused, and truthful. However, if I am going to be completely honest here, the reality of the situation is that on scale of negtive to positive with realistic being the dead center, I fall far too close to being a negative person for my liking. Here, I've included a little illustration to demonstrate just what I mean.
Recently, I have been trying my best to break my bad habit of being a negative thinker. I've tried to be positive about body image, positive about my abilities, positive about my friendships and relationships, and just positive about my overall outlook on life. I still have a long way to go, but the effect of this small change has already worked wonders on my perspective. Life is good, but we have to be willing to look for the good, instead of dwelling on the bad. Life is a whirlwind of great moments and not-so-great moments, but that's the beauty of it all. I have challenged myself to breed positivity and encouragement for myself and for those around me, and I challenge you to do the same. Life is too short to become caught up in negativity. It's not always as easy as it sounds. Trust me, I know this. However, I think that being positive–even if it might not be effective for you right at this moment–might be effective for someone around you. Cheering someone else up is always a rewarding experience, and who knows? Maybe you'll learn to start believing in your positive thoughts one day. It's definitely worth the try in my opinion.
I know I'm just a quirky 19 year old, who hasn't had much life experience, but I am a firm believer in living in the moment and enjoying what life is providing me with. I don't always follow my own advice, but it's a work in progress. In order to hold myself to this goal, I've developed a small, but mighty challenge for myself, fully equipped with a hashtag and everything–oh yes, that makes it the real deal. I am starting the hashtag #PositivePromiseProject as a way to spread positivity throughout social media, a place that often preeds negativity and harsh comparisons. I personally will be posting an inspirational or positive message at least once a week on my official instagram (@MissTeenOfAmerica2017) as my small way of spreading good vibes and happy thoughts with all that might be in need of a little boost and a little sunshine. Feel free to join me on this little journey! Who knows where it might go!
For now, I'll leave you with my favorite quote of the week: "We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand." Now I don't know much about playing cards, but I would have to agree with the late Computer Science professor and author of The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch on that one.