My State Of Eternal Optimism Essay

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“Optimism - the doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly.” This quote from Ambrose Bierce, while short and sweet, is an accurate reflection of my own personal philosophy. Throughout our lifetimes, many things get thrown at us; the good, the bad, the happy, and the sad. It is up to us on how we choose to handle these situations. I hold steadfast to the idea of optimism. And although at times it has come back to bite me, throughout my life experiences, I have proven to be an eternal optimist.
Being an optimist, one must see the silver-lining in every situation, even when it looks bleak. Being able to do this is very helpful in group settings, and often I have ...view middle of the document...

We are one of the top groups in Ohio, and many schools would love to be in our shoes. We are blessed with awesome directors and we all genuinely get along. Just because we don’t get Grand Champion at all our competitions does not mean that we have a poor product, it just means that we need to work harder.
Another aspect of my positivity is staying cheerful, even in bad situations. When I was three years old, my father was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Hairy Cell Leukemia, and has been in and out of treatment ever since. Because of his cancer, many things in my life have had to adjust. Family vacations have been canceled last minute because of sudden sickness. Holidays have been spent in the hospital, including birthdays and the Fourth of July. Staying out late is almost impossible because my dad gets tired very easily and has to go to bed early. And there are always the trips to and from Columbus for his chemotherapy. In this situation, it would be very easy to dwell on all the negative things, but I refuse to do so. My family is actually very lucky. My dad’s cancer is almost non-life-threatening. I don’t have to worry about losing him, or think about the worst case scenario. Many families are not this lucky. Also, aside from tiring easily, my dad’s chemotherapy does not affect him like other types could. He does not get sick, does not lose his hair, and he is still able to work during treatments. At times, it even seems like things are normal. Now, while he is in remission, every time he comes back from his check-ups with good news is a huge blessing. So while my family’s situation may not be ideal, we have to look at the positives and be thankful for...

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