Clear Skies Ahead

By: Jane Johnson

Welcome back. My name is Jane, and today’s topic is life. Wow, it gives me goosebumps just to think about it. Some days are great, and then we’ve all had one of those days – you know the ones I’m talking about. We can never know how hard the wave is gonna hit when something bad is happening, can we? Life is full of challenges, and to be honest, they never end. We will always have something new to learn or master even if we have hundreds of other accomplishments. But…(there’s always a BUT isn’t there…) that doesn’t mean that we can’t have fun throughout the journey. 

Humans experience many different feelings every single day. Depending on what they are living, some feel great while others feel guilty or sad, mad, bad…. you can come up with any emotion you want to fill in the blank.  No matter what you are feeling, remember, it is OK.  I would like for you to be happy all of the time, but even if you’re not, you can still be glad, because this can only mean one thing…you are alive.

Let me tell you about a personal experience that I think suits this blog perfectly. As you may know, I work online, because I live far from my school. Moving to a new place was not my choice. I loved living where I did before, but I  had to because of my dad’s job. Sometimes we have got to do hard things even if we don’t want to. Sometimes it’s for the best, and sometimes there’s just no other choice. And even if we hate doing it, we have got to learn to find happiness – no matter the situation. It may be hard and it may take time, but if you really want to, you will be able to one day. Keep your hopes. 

Now, where was I? Oh right, telling you my story… I had to move. I didn’t like it. I begged my parents to stay, but we had to leave. At first, I was mad, then I was sad, next, I was frustrated – my emotions were getting the best of me. Sure, I was sad to leave, but what I was really sad about was…that I had to leave one of the BEST friendships I had ever had. 

I still get that homesick feeling – like I want to go back home sometimes. Even though my family doesn’t live there, my friends do. That makes it home. But I’ve learned to keep it together. Not all is lost. I have still been able to communicate via text and facetime, but it isn’t the same. I am very grateful that I still get to go back and visit often. 

We all know most stories end up in… “And they lived happily ever after,” right? Well since you haven’t heard it here, it means the story is not over yet. Right now, I still live in the place I moved to. This is my third year here. I have eventually learned to like the place I live in, and to at least have some peace. Even if it is not in my TOP 3 favorite places, it’s not that bad. In case I missed telling you already, I have grown to like my new home as well. I am happy right now. I have got what I need. Even though it isn’t my very favorite place, I have learned to be content. So right now, all I’m focusing on is enjoying the journey.

Now you know that this isn’t a sad story,  there is hope for a happy ending. I am hopeful every day. I consider each morning a blank book with the story waiting to be written.  Who knows, today may be the day that I meet a new friend, have a great experience, or find something adventurous to do.