The world is a very complicated place. Life is not a walk in the park it self. People have made numerous cliches based off of the events that occur in life. Things have a strange way of being thrown at you in life and how you react is very important. You could throw a pity party or smile and keep on walking. If I can smile after the week I just had, which I will share with you, then anybody can shed a smile. It is extremely important to know that we can let things break us down or make us stronger but you are the only one that can decide that.
My week started off with me finding out that car needs numerous repairs that will cost almost near what I paid for the car itself, Yikes! I know! Later this week, my house got broken into with my family still in the house, all asleep. We are all ok! No one got hurt, just scared. They took somethings from inside the house as well as my father’s car. The next day, somebody hit my car while it was parked in a parking lot and ran. They did not leave any information and now I have to fix my headlight. In the midst of all of this, my coworker told me that at least I can still smile. I did not know how to respond to this because I felt like my world was crumbling down and that everything was out to get me. Yet, I was still smiling.
Bad things happen to people every day and we all ignorantly walk around thinking that nothing can ever happens but it is not true. Even though my family feels as though we have a target on our back, we now know the precautions to take without being absolutely paranoid. I am only eighteen years old and hopefully have many, many years ahead of me and I do not want to spend those years in fear. Bad things happen, yes, but there is always balance. One of my very dear friends, Anna, reminded me that good always balances out the bad that occurs. It may not be any time soon, but it will. If you put on a smile and walk through the negativity, there will be a light of positivity at the end. This week of extremely bad luck reminded me of the things that are important and it also showed me that I am loved. I am loved by my family, friends, coworkers, strangers, and god. Even though it may be hard after a week like mine, you can not lose faith in humanity. Yes, there are bad people and bad situations but there is an abundance of good people, who are full of life, compassion, love, and kindness. In situations like mine, they tend to appear. As I was waiting in the parking for the police to show up after my hit and run, a woman came up to me and asked if she could help in any way. Without even thinking, I basically poured my heart out to her over the week that I had and she asked if she could pray for me and my family. I though she was just going to go home and pray for me there but she took my hand and held me as she prayed to the lord in the parking lot for me and my family. It was one of the most beautiful moments I have ever experienced. This woman showed concern and compassion for me, a person she has never met before. There are people who have a light amongst them and she reminded me that I am one of them and that she didn’t want my light to go out. I have been told numerous times that I have a positivity that no one else has. I have a light, positive attitude, who can’t seem to get rid of her smile. As I went to go treat myself with my dear friend to a vegan wholesome meal, we saw a young man who was probably around my age, standing by the freeway exit holding a sign that stated “please spread some cheese on this white cracker”. He was homeless, yet he shed a smile and laughed as we drove by. My friend and I chuckled and smiled with him. I am reminded every day of how different and difficult my life could be, and this boy was an example. Even though he was homeless or very low on money, he still can smile. Whether he was smiling because he is just that type of person or because he made us smile, that will be his will to get through his situation.
People go through hard times everyday. Take it from me and smiling boy, things will look up eventually. Just walk through the hardship with a smile.