By: Amaranthia Gittens-Jones, Guest Blogger at iamthatgirl.com
“Never, never, never give up.” -Winston Churchill
Optimism rocks because it gives me the courage to keep moving forward, no matter what. When people tell me I should lower my expectations, I refuse to be pressured. When they tell me I’m too young to have immense dreams or to aspire to higher ideals because I’m ‘still a ‘child,’ I stay the course.
Rejection and destructive criticism will always be painful to hear, but I have learned it is better to keep going forward, even if something someone says is hurtful. I embrace constructive criticism because it helps me to grow. Learning to live in the present while keeping my feet on the ground is not effortless, but for me it is the best way because I know things always change. Something might look awful today, but if you have the valor to face it with hopefulness, the outcome can be favorable.
I believe optimism is like the combination of a gas pedal and a car. Positivity is the gas pedal, which allows you to move forward, leaving pessimism behind. The car is your fortitude, driving you frontward to your goals. In order to arrive at your destination you cannot have one without the other. Optimism gives you the motivation to get to where you are going.
When I was diagnosed with an auto-immune at 13 years old, I of course panicked. It was a gigantic shift for my family: a switch of diet, new doctors, and medicine. After a while, I determined I would beat the illness. I decided not to be scared, and not let pessimism overtake me. I used my art to heal, and was optimistic about my medical tests changing from positive to negative. I kept working hard at healing my body, eating the right foods, controlling my anxiety, and my tendency to become stressed.
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