Weekly Words of Advice

Lorena Gama, Fall Editor

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During your school life, you feel pressured to be happy, positive and smiling. People prefer to be around to kids who make others happy, who bring positivity to someone’s day. It’s hard to always be happy. To pretend like everything’s perfect. To walk in a building and pretend that everything that just happened at home never happened. You try to be the constant source of energy but other days that energy flickers away.
Fake it until you make it, they say. That’s not possible. Telling yourself what to feel and when to feel it is impossible. You feel like you are letting others down when you can’t make them smile. Because how could you, when you aren’t either. So there is pressure. There is pressure to maintain the positive persona you are known to be. There are people forcing you to always be happy. To be perfect. But perfect doesn’t exist. Therefore that person you are pushed to be is nonexistent.
It’s okay to be sad. It’s okay to have bad days. It’s okay to express what you are feeling. It’s okay to be human. You are equally as human as everyone else in the world is. And if they can’t respect that, lose them. It’s okay to feel. We all have our gloomy days. Life can be stressful. But you can’t get through it with only one emotion.

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