The one constant thing in our life is change. We cannot avoid it and the more we resist change the tougher our life becomes. Trust me, I know this because I was very skilled at deflecting change in my life.
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What has changed your life? Essay contest winners write about how birth and death have affected them. Mine was the birth of my little brother, Matthew.
I was happy and sad at the same time. Back then, I did not know what a positive impact this event would have on my life. When Matthew was born I picked out his name, by the way I could not stop smiling.
Not until I picked him up did I feel the weight of his life on my shoulders, and the weight of the effect I would have on him. I immediately felt I had more responsibility, and I was ready to do anything for my little brother.
My whole family took care of him, even the cat, and life was somewhat peaceful during those first few weeks. When my mom went out for the first time in months, I fed him a bottle, and although he spit up most of it and only drank a few drops, it was just as satisfying for me as for Matthew.
I was there when he rolled over for the first time, and I was there when he took his first steps. I saw his first tooth come in, and I will soon see his first tooth fall out. At least he was making an effort to talk to me.
That was seven years ago, and Matthew and I are closer than ever. My older brother is a senior in high school and getting ready for college, so he does not get to spend much time with us.
So that leaves me to spend time with my brother, which, although it is often difficult and tiring, is quite gratifying. He may cheat in checkers, but he is only doing that to win and get respect from his big brother.
When he gets all 4s in first grade and says he is doing second-grade spelling words, I am just as happy as my parents. I baby-sit him constantly and we have fun, even though he is pretty much in charge.
He knows all the words to dozens of Ray Charles songs, and he even has his own blues-y voice. But more than just my music rubs off on Matthew. When I got an electric piano for Hanukkah, so did he.
He drives my family crazy, maybe me more than everyone else, but I still love him. I teach him things every day and he teaches me things too, most of them about myself. He comes before everything else in my life and rightly so. Every site I visit on the Internet he bookmarks in his folder.
Although Matthew can still relate to kids his age, he is probably more mature than most of them just for having spent so much time with me.
Everything we do rubs off on each other. The most life-changing experience was the death of my mother. When I was young, around 5 years old, my sister Alisha died. Right now, Alisha would probably be starting college. She just looked at it for a second and stuck the tooth back in her mouth!
I thought she was crazy!
It was so funny, but gross at the same time. Some people tell me that when you commit suicide, you go to hell. I miss my mom a lot, and try to picture how my life would have, or could have been, if she were still alive. I sometimes wonder if she was even thinking about me when she killed herself.
Did she not care? Did she think that it would be best for me? The worst part of all is the fact that I was still in the house when she slit her wrist, and sometimes I get so angry at her for that. My kids will never have a grandmother from my side of the family.
I will never have a mom to go shopping for bras with, and I will never have a normal life. I will always be haunted by the memory of what she did. Whenever someone describes slitting their wrist or anything about veins and arteries or anything that has to do with the details of it all, I get squirmy and chills go down my spine, and sometimes there is a tingle in my wrist.All it means is that if you want to make positive changes in your life, you need to make choices that lead to those positive changes; passivity rarely prompts positive change.
These are your positive steps: positive steps are any and all positive actions you take to achieve your goals. If you’re trying to get a raise, for example, every step, from arriving every day on time, shaven, in a nice outfit, to studying at night school is a positive action.
On Nelson Mandela International Day, take action as an agent for positive change and pledge 67 minutes of your time in honor of Nelson Mandela’s 67 years of service. Create Your Action. Here are a few ways you can make an effort to transform the world. Essay contest: What has changed your life?
I was happy and sad at the same time. My whole life was going to change and I wasn’t sure if I was ready. Back then, I did not know what a positive impact this event would have on my life. Share how it has affected your life in a positive or negative way.
Write an essay to L.A. Youth and tell. Aug 14, · If you're going to change your life's circumstances, you will have to change the things you do every single day.
Remember that you don’t have to change everything at once. Just trying one new change to your routine at a time 91%().
If you are willing to stay focused, motivated, commit the time, effort, and energy toward reaching your goals, and you truly believe that you can and WILL achieve them, then there is nothing that will stop you in your path toward success.