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It’s time to start solving problems rather than adding to the dilemma

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Column by Liam Wilcox

Column by Liam Wilcox

Column by Liam Wilcox

Liam Wilcox, Feature Page Editor

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“Get some perspective.”

It’s something we’ve all heard many times throughout our lives, but how often do we really think about what this phrase means?

Now more than ever, we as teenagers need perspective in our daily lives, and considering this could lead to drastic positive change in our lives, including lowering stress and building more solid relationships.

The next time you’re SO heated because of what your friend said behind your back, think to yourself, Have I ever talked behind someone’s back? How negatively is this really affecting my life? What is something more important that I should be thinking about right now?

The next time you’re holding back those stinging tears with your head on your desk because of a failed test, think to yourself, In 5 years, will this class ever even cross my mind? How about in 2 years? 1 year?

It can sometimes be so easy to blow things so incredibly far out of proportion that it seems like the logical next step, but using perspective can be like adjusting a camera lens; everything snaps back into focus.

And while losing your cool can often be the course of least resistance, it’s usually the worst way to go about solving a problem. Blowing up and taking issues out on either those around you or yourself doesn’t help; it only makes your problems worse.

As someone who has struggled with depression in the past, I know what it means to make mountains out of molehills. Some days anything would set me off, from a snarky comment, from a teacher, to tripping and falling down in the hallway.

These seemingly insignificant events would lead to hours of anger, sadness, and dark thoughts, sending me down a spiral from which climbing out was no easy task.

What saved me was perspective. I would look at my day, my week, and my life as a whole and see that in the grand scheme of things these minor setbacks were nothing to stress over, and easy to brush off and move on from. Perspective and objective thought were the rope by which

I pulled myself out of my spirals, and I hope that others can find that the same is true for them.

Teenagers aren’t stupid. They don’t lack the intelligence it takes to react rationally to a crisis. The problem is not that we can’t fix our problems but that we fail to acknowledge them for what they are. Our problems aren’t our breakouts or breakups or B minuses. Our problems are the ones we create for ourselves by blowing things out of proportion.

It’s time to start solving them.

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