Importance of Happiness

Do our grades in high school really affect our lives in the far future? Is giving up a social life and getting no sleep really worth it? I ask myself these questions everyday as I continue to cancel my plans with friends and spend all of my time doing homework and studying. People say your high school experience is supposed to be one of the best times of your life, but I am constantly questioning whether this is all worth it. When I was in middle school, my grades really mattered to me. I worked hard and got good grades to make myself happy. When high school came along, the grades started slipping, and I didn’t care as much as I used to. Now, my grades are way more important to my parents than to me. My parents put so much pressure on me to get good grades and be an amazing athlete, but I am so tired of not living up to their expectations. How are students in high school supposed to enjoy being kids when all we get is constant pressure from parents to be better?

Grades are one of the most important things in your life while in high school, but they are not worth losing your happiness. My life has transformed into something that I don’t want because my parents tell me that my grades aren’t good enough. I do not want this to happen to other people, because it really is not fun. My advice to anyone in high school is to care about your grades, but remember that your happiness is more important than anything. If your parents put too much pressure on you, tell them. Do not always cancel on your friends because you have to study. Having a happy experience in high school is 100 times more important than taking 4 AP classes and getting A’s in every single class. Whatever college someone gets into does not define what job or what kind of life they will have. Whether you get into a community college or Harvard, you can still make the best of your life and follow your passion. The only thing that matters if your happiness and your outlook on life. If you’re not happy, then nothing is more important than regaining your happiness.

“I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned the greatest part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.”
-Martha Washington



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