Christopher Robin said it to best to Winnie the Pooh when he said "You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.". Sometimes, other people's encouragement and support is all that is needed to lift one's spirits, and there other times when motivation must come from somewhere deep inside one's self, and often times that inspiration is hard to find. My coach said this quote from Winnie the Pooh to my team one day before a hard race when he wasn't sure if we would win or lose. Obviously he applied it to running, and encouraged us to push ourselves harder than we thought we could during the race. However, the message he sent to us about our race seemed to apply to the rest of my life and the quote stuck with me so much that ever since then, anytime I have doubted myself, thought about giving up on something, or have just been in bad spirits, I try to think of that quote to encourage me. It implies that there is more to yourself than you even know, meaning that you can accomplish more, reach higher, improve by working hard at whatever you set your mind to, or just overall be a better person. I think that if everyone has one person, or one quote, or just one thing to motivate them to do better than they ever believed they could, anything is possible.
In America, ask any typical high school student and they will admit that junior year, the year I began about one month ago, is the most stressful year of high school. With standardized testing, challenging courses, and the looming idea of college, it is difficult to manage school work, extracurricular activities, and a social life. Add in diabetes management and fundraising, and my year is booked. Even before the school year began, I knew I would have to keep a level head on my shoulders if I wanted to accomplish more than simply make it through the year. If I wanted to truly learn from my academics and make the best of every opportunity that presented itself. I knew that it was solely up to me, and only me, to keep myself motivated, work hard, and stay positive during the year. Nobody else can do my homework, study for my tests, compete in my races, or hangout with friends for me...it's all up to me. Therefore, not only for this year of high school but for the rest of life, believing in one's self is one of, if not the absolute very most, important things one can do. Staying positive can affect your mood, physical appearance and health, social life, school/work efficiency, and so much more (including your blood sugars!) With a positive and upbeat attitude, almost any situation change go from bad to good. It’s easier keep yourself healthy, focus on schoolwork, and devote time to what matters when you keep a positive attitude. Believing in yourself and being sure that you can do anything you set your mind to can lead you to amazing places in life. Take a look at our past celebrity guests, Gary Hall and Sebastian Sasseville. Before they came along, nobody thought that someone with type 1 diabetes could win gold medals in the Olympics or climb Mt. Everst, so their motivation must have come from within themselves…they needed to believe in themselves in order to succeed. Sustaining a good attitude may entail different things for different people – some may benefit from meditation or yoga, others may find comfort in receiving good grades in school, while others may simply need 20 minutes a day to relax. Whatever it is - keeping yourself calm, motivated, and positive can lead to tremendous things, some that you may have never even believed you could accomplish.
Racing up that last hill during that tough race, the only thing going through my head was a quote said from Winnie the Pooh, a child’s cartoon. I told myself that I could do it…I could run faster...it’s as simple as that. And just like in life, when climbing up the hardest hill you can imagine at the time, believing in yourself should be as simple as Winnie the Pooh makes you think.
Hello everyone! I'm Hannah! I'm 16 years old and have been living a normal life with type 1 diabetes for 10 years! I'm so excited to share the journey of Penpals United with you through our blog!