It can be taken a bit like making a New Year’s resolution. In fact, losing weight is a good example of the happiness that can be found in increments of success. As the pounds fall off, people feel lighter, happier, better and, most importantly, they feel like they’ve worked hard toward a tangible change in their life that affects it and improves it. All of those fuzzy feelings could be yours, no party hats or fireworks required.
Obviously this is all just basic goal-setting, probably one of those most important things in life, but a goal toward setting goals can be rewarding within its goalception. After all, if we have no goals, we’re more prone to think of what we aren’t doing, what we can’t do, all of that bad mojo. Doing something prevents us from whipping out the tub of ice cream and spooning mixtures of self-pity tears and chocolate ice cream into our mouths. Busy hands can keep a mind off of negative thoughts — something to consider if you’ve ever found yourself rolling in your own negativity, doing nothing of any value to yourself.
The most important thing to remember is that you’re the only master of your own destiny, and that doing nothing will get you nothing.
Austin Czechowski is a sophomore at Cobleskill-Richmondville High School. Would you like A Word of Advice from him? Send him an email at email@example.com, or send him a letter to “Teen Talk: A Word of Advice,” c/o The Daily Star, P.O. Box 250, Oneonta, NY 13820. ‘Teen Talk’ columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/teentalk.