Lighten up

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Brad Rucker (left) and Jori Nakuci relax in the library

Nick Carlson

In classrooms and Twitter feeds everywhere, optimism and positivity are slowly in decline.
Student at Concord High seem to spend a majority of their lunch and free time on campus complaining about their “monster of a teacher” or masses of homework.
Twitter has become heavily populated with the moans and groans of the pessimistic. Pessimism seems like a growing trend, especially amongst teens. While some may be unavoidable in high school life, we need to start looking at things from a brighter perspective.
There’s nothing wrong with optimism.
Consider: our existence is a miracle. We are each individually thousands of generations culminating in one finished fantastic product. Trillions of things had to go right for us to be here today. We should remember that every day. We should live like life is a gift, because the universe practically aligned itself for us to be here together.
Also, we live in a world where we have access to more than we need. Whether rich or poor, we live in America, where we can get a high school education for free. That’s more than some people get around the world. Because we live in a terrific country, many foreigners want to live here too, giving the United States the highest immigration rate in the world.
Not everyone is given the opportunities we have been. Don’t waste them.
And, we have access to the Internet and to social networks like Twitter and Facebook. In some countries networking is banned, whereas ours is protected by law.
People sometimes forget the fortunes they have. Not all people have monetary fortunes but many have luck. We live in a good country, go to good school; we’re all still breathing. But we take those things for granted.
To be frank, it’s impossible to be optimistic all the time, every moment, but we should all strive to be optimistic every day. Somewhere there is someone who is happy with less than what you have.