I just met this ray of sunshine this past year and she has got to be one of the best things that came from my freshman year of college. Her constant upbeat attitude is the perfect reminder that there aren’t any bad days ever; we are lucky, we are blessed and life is good!
“You squint too much when you smile,” I’ve been told time and time again…There are plenty of things I could say I am “passionate” about in my life, but only one thing that’s never strayed me: a positive attitude. I have always strived to look on the bright side–from the time they told me I’d never play lacrosse again to being sick the entire second semester of my freshman year of college to finding out I’m allergic to gluten—I’ve always been able to find the silver lining. Can’t play sports anymore? I joined student council. Can’t get out of bed? I discovered Netflix. Can’t eat my beloved bread or chocolate chip cookies? I made a game out of trying to find the best gluten free version. (not to mention I totally don’t need those extra calories anyway!) I believe with my whole heart there is always some good with the bad.
I don’t know the exact moment I realized that being bright and sunny was truly the way I was supposed to be, or if I just kind of have always been like that…but I know now that being able to see the bright side as well as being able to make people smile is definitely what I was put on earth for. My parents raised me to believe that complaining doesn’t solve any of your problems, and I have always truly believed that. There are certain aspects of life that no one is excited about, but I’ve learned that even if the situation is 98% bad, there is always that 2% that’s good. I think my true passion lies in trying to find that 2%.
19 years old
Boca Raton, FL
June 28, 2013
Also, you can follow Courtney’s gluten free journey on her blog: http://glutenfreeegirl.tumblr.com