"That's it." I said to myself as I sank to the deck, the warm tears threatening to spill over, "I quit."

Another bad race. Another disappointment. Another sorry waste of my time. This time I'm done. I quit.

In swimming, 11 months of the year aren't mine. They belong to the pool. They belong to early mornings and long hours. They belong to pain, tears, frustration, triumph, and glory. I love it, but sometimes it hates me. I train only to be let down. I give up my life only to feel like I'm wasting my time. I put my heart into it, only to have it broken over and over again.

But I don't quit. I get stronger. When I pick myself back up and wipe away the tears, I grow. I learn that being upset isn't worth it. I learn not to waste my time stressing out. I learn that disappointment is simply a part of life.

Life is full of choices. Some are big, some I hardly think about. The choice to smile is just as easy as the choice to cry. The choice to stay mad is just as easy as the choice to get over it. Some days are going to be bad, but when I get past those days and find a bright spot that’s when I find myself truly growing as a person. I want to be happy. I'd choose that any day. It’s all up to one person: Me. A coach once told me that the only thing stopping me was my own mind. My mindset. My choices. My decisions. My life. All that I can do is get the mind in my own head straight. Life is unexpected and is not always fun, but each time I allow myself to be smile, to be happier, to be better, I am. Long story short: Life is only as great as I allow it to be...

Never a Sad Smile

By Emily Mayo

She dried her hands on her apron
"Time sure goes fast"
I know I wasn't here...
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Sunset Over Valley background

Youth is the time of getting
Smile like you don't give a damn about the consequence
Just say anything
I want to be able to look back and say
I've done everything I can
The grandparents sat there, reminiscing all afternoon !...
The grandparents sat there, reminiscing all afternoon !...

By the last breath of the May air I inhale
At the bottom of my dream
Take the wings of morning
Another aeroplane
Another sunny place
I’m lucky, I know

Little darling, the smiles
Returning to the faces
When you smile,
The whole world stops
And stares for awhile
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Little darling, it seems
Like years since it's been here
Can you promise me if this one's right
Don't throw it all away

If we don't change, we don't grow.
If we don't grow, we aren't really living
I never arrived at the perfection
I had been so ambitious of obtaining
I did not wish to live what was not life
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During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day
In the autumn of the year
Who'll stop the rain?
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Always look on the bright side of life
There could be no rainbow
Without a cloud and a storm
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A girl looking through her camera taking a picture. Stock Photo - 400155
A girl looking through her camera taking a picture. Stock Photo - 400155

Our rulers will become corrupt,
Our people careless
They will forget themselves
You have to forget about all these things
So shall we come to look at the world with new eyes

Life is God’s most precious gift
Life is a great big canvas
And you should throw all the paint on it you can
No it won't all go the way it should
But I know the heart of life is good
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing
The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live.

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Maybe it's not my weekend
But it's gonna be my year
In joy and pain
In sun and rain
I love this place with all my heart.

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