Editor’s Note: These essays was submitted for the “Stories Matter” contest of the Marianas Writers Movement, an essay-writing student competition that focuses on stories of the Marianas, as part of the celebration of October as Humanities Month.
“Why do stories matter?” some people may ask. Well, stories matter because stories can teach inspirational and motivational words. They make you view the world differently and change your way of thinking. Stories teach you important life lessons and motivate the reader to do what they love.
A lot of people are always in different situations that give them anxiety or make them lose focus the whole day. Whenever I’m in those situations I always think positively. I tell myself that I’ll be okay and that it won’t last forever. Thinking positively really changes everything like your mood and helps you focus better on things you need to get done. I always worry about school but lately I’ve been thinking positively because at the end of the day that thing you were worrying about will just end up as a useless memory as you move forward. Moving forward is always a sign of progress. Never stop doing the things you love, even if you have to do the things you don’t like to do, like school or chores. Just keep moving forward and don’t give up because at the end you’ll receive the best reward after.
Every day I feel like I’m not doing good enough and feeling like things I’m doing are not worth it, but then I remember it is worth it since the good things are going to come my way the more I try and work harder. During my childhood there were a lot of negative things happening and just thinking about it makes me anxious, but ever since I started working hard all my stress and anxiety are slowly going away. This week has been my toughest week since I had a lot of work and so much stress. I pushed forward and got all my work done hoping all this stress will go away and it did. It’s always good to push yourself to do things you love no matter if it’s embarrassing if no one supports you. And in conclusion of stories matter is because they teach you a good lesson. They give you motivation and inspire you to keep going forward and keep working hard to achieve your goal.
Chloe Sablan, 14, is a ninth-grade student at Grace Christian Academy.