What Doesn’t Kill You MakesYou Stronger “Sometimes bad things have to happen before good things can.” —Becca Fitzpatrick Ali Kloska WRD 110
Why Do Bad Things Have toHappen? I went through a really long stage of low self- esteem and just overall awkwardness Switching high schools from a school I knew everyone to one I knew no one. Lost a lot of people in a 4 year period (friend’s dad, my cousin, my grandpa, and a school-mate)
… They Make Us Who We Are Senior Christian Awakening Retreat ◦ Listened to a witness talk about how the lows in our lives help to make who we are today. I would be nowhere near who I am today without everything I went through ◦ Being positive about as much as I can (you never know when it could all end) ◦ Don’t sweat the small stuff! It isn’t worth the time. ◦ My high school gave me the ability to be who I wanted to be, and improved my confidence
The First Time I Discussed MyShift At my AMAZING Christian Awakening Retreat with my small group ◦ Discussed it at the end of the weekend after hearing everyone’s life-changing stories• Small group was very encouraging and agreed with my opinion that bad things happen to make us stronger people They realized it in their own lives as well Became a long discussion topic
Spreading What I Had Learned:Retreat Letters Retreat letters to people I hadn’t talked to in a while ◦ I tried to compare what I had been through to some of the things they had been through, and used examples from my retreat
Peer’s Response: RetreatLetters A few people were receptive and came back from retreat and wanted to talk to me more about what I had written Some still haven’t said anything, I like to think I helped them get through something they were going through (maybe?)
Spreading What I Had Learned:When someone is going througha hard time Telling people everything is going to work out in the end Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Peer’s Response: Whensomeone is going through a hardtime Most of the people I try to express this to do not want to hear it while they are going through whatever their problem is ◦ They occasionally come to the realization this is true …and they occasionally do not
Spreading What I Had Learned:Through my actions I really do try to take everyday as if it were my last, no regrets. When I get stressed about something, I usually have an easy time realizing that it isn’t as big of a deal as I originally thought. HAKUNA MATATA
Peer’s Response: My actions Several friends have told me to tell my experiences to other people, and have suggested I speak at retreats I’ve been told multiple times that I am too positive ◦ I take this as a compliment… obviously
My Response To My PositionShift I believe that with some practice, I can help other people realize that although life seems really bad, they are going to get through it and become a stronger, better person because of what they have gone through I think my techniques could use a little work ◦ I need to be more understanding that people are not going to agree with me the majority of the time
In Closing… Everything really is going to work out in the end. Period. ◦ No matter how long it seems to be taking, or how bad the situation is. YOU WILL GET THROUGH IT!
Works Cited Fitzpatrick, Becca. "Quotes About Bad Things Happen." (5 Quotes). N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2012. http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/ bad-things-happen