Every Blair student knows that a week is filled with highs and lows. With our hectic schedule, we are bound to come across small problems that can feel like monstrous issues. Although these times are stressful, there are a couple of things we should try to remember that will help put into perspective the reality of the situation.
Firstly, your life is as good as your mindset. You have the ability to change how you feel if you simply change the view of what you’re looking at. Blair offers activities and events every second of the day. From formal dinners to after-school practice, to Gourm dates with your best friends, we often get carried away, trying to say yes to everything and to please everyone, which makes time management become a struggle.
To help limit these overwhelming times, it is crucial to set realistic goals that you can manage. Know when your breaking point is. You don’t want to stretch yourself out so thin that you snap, but not stretching yourself at all is just as bad. Work on bettering yourself, and know that it is ok to mess up and fail. Everyone goes through it, we’re all human, and those experiences are what make us into stronger individuals. Problems can lose their significance if you focus on what’s important to you, and surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you.
Your gut is your best friend: trust yourself. Confidence comes when you accept that you are your biggest supporter. There is no-one else in life who is 100% guaranteed to be with you through every tough and amazing event you’re going to endure. Often the best things in life come when you’re not planning or expecting them. Trust the process, and try to be present with your friends, families, teachers, in your classes and most importantly with yourself. When you’re happy with yourself as a person, you attract and reflect that same positivity and energy. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and try something new. It is ok not to have a security blanket and a sense of what is to come; you’re a strong individual and will make it through whatever you set your mind to.
Ultimately high school, Blair, or whatever challenge you’re facing are experiences that shape you into a stronger individual. We all have friends that make us laugh even during the hardest moments. There are also pieces of music and art that express how we are feeling without us having to move a single muscle that will you feel better. We all have memories that remind us that to appreciate beautiful moments, you also have to face the harder ones. You’re not always going to win your game, or get that perfect score you were hoping for. Anyway, if you did, you wouldn’t feel the sense of satisfaction when you accomplish something that you set your mind to. Good things take persistence and patience. Regardless of what brightens your day, it is inevitable that there are going to be moments that aren’t so pleasant and are tougher to get through. If you have the right mindset, though, you can change your perception of the situation.
(Copyright, Sophia Papadopoulo, 2019)