the quest for happiness

So many people have struggles that they struggle to push past. These could include impressing peers, or even reaching your own expectations. People need things to keep them grounded to help them from spiraling into a deep depression. I have several of these.


As far as I can remember, softball has been a key part in my life. I’ve always had dreams of playing at UCLA and Oklahoma with my name showcased on the scoreboard. My goals have become much more realistic now, but I still hope to have a spot in a Division I school. I want to play for a stadium full of fans and other students alongside my team, all there to win. I want to train for seven hours a day to perfect my craft and accomplish more than I could ever dream of. The sport has brought so many struggles and lessons that I may not have needed. With it, I have also made so many friends, happy memories, and have had great experiences. Even though every athlete has a chance to struggle with mental health, sometimes pushing through is extremely rewarding. I’ve dedicated so much to the sport and it’s impossible to imagine my life without it. My experience with it has had ups and downs; there were, and still are, weekends where I’ve come home in tears of frustration. Still, softball is one of the reasons I am who I am today. It has shaped me as a person and it truly brings me so much joy.

my friends

Each day at school, I find myself looking forward to the end of class, just as most people are. This is not because I dislike my teachers or classmates, but because I love talking to my friends. In the past, I had very few close friends that, in all honesty, weren’t the greatest. Once I reached middle school, my friend group changed and expanded, and I had never been happier. Now that I am a sophomore, I have an amazing group of friends that I can rely on for anything. All of them are incredibly kind and I couldn’t be more lucky to know them. They have their little quirks, but everyone does. Talking to them at lunch, passing periods, break, and during class is always the highlight of my day. They make me laugh and smile all day. On more difficult days, they can easily distract me from anything else and all my worries go away with them. I am extremely grateful to have them in my life and I have an amazing time with them.

listening to music

When I was younger, I would listen to music on my iPad as I sat on the floor so I could charge it. I would listen to my favorite songs on repeat and memorize every single one of them. I distinctly remember when I had a bad day, I would rush to my room crying to listen to Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, my two favorite artists at the time. In a way, this habit hasn’t changed. I, like many others, use music as a comfort tool. It speaks to the soul and everyone can find an artist for them. I constantly put my AirPods in as I begin work and just leave my playlist on. I still listen to Taylor Swift, but also Conan Gray, Harry Styles, Lana Del Ray, Billie Eilish, Alec Benjamin, Ricky Montgomery, and many, many more. Several of their songs can be related to my personal experiences. Combined with different genres, lyrics, and overall styles, music helps me get through the day in more ways than one.

To conclude, there are hundreds of methods people use to cope with the fast paced society. At the end of the day, we all crave happiness. A goal to have is to never give up until you reach a constant state of happiness.

“Life is too short. Don’t live for the things that make you unhappy. Live for the things that make you happy.”

– Unknown

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