― Henry David Thoreau
It may seem that the winter is almost endless. Sometimes, it feels as if spring will never come. Winter often strikes an unsettling mood upon us, where we can find ourselves lost and off-track.
To me winter is the most stressful time of the year. My body is pushed to its limits from my daunting winter schedule. During the week, there is no time for relaxation. When I get off the school bus after school, and open the door to my house, it is straight to the study room for homework. After my homework is complete, it is onto hockey, where I do not get home until 9:30 pm. twice a week. To add on to the mess, most people who I spend my day with; including myself, are stressed too, which only makes things more tense.
But who am I to complain, I know my schedule is harsh, but many people are under even more pressure than me. These times are stressful, and often make me cranky; however I am thankful for the opportunities I have. Yes, school, sports, and other daily routines get me stressed, emotional, angry (and many other things), but that is life, and others do not get the opportunities I have.
During the hard times, I try not to dwell on the negative. Many people feel that winter is endless, and cannot wait for spring to come. When I find myself sick of the snow, I think ahead to next year during the end of fall. I can picture myself waking up every morning, peeking behind the curtain, looking out the window, and seeing snow for the first time all year. Although it will not be easy, If you to take the less cynical approach to things during hard times, they will not seem as harsh.
When hard times come your way, remember; come up with an excuse to make things better.