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A Kid's View
by Giovanni Venezia

An Enlightening Vacation: Part I

Have you ever felt like you have figured something out that could change your lifestyle, and make you a happier person? From June 19 to July 12, I spent three weeks with my Aunt and Uncle, Carl and Melissa Benzel, in the country-side of a town known as Coos Bay, Oregon.

During this trip, I learned two things: To relax, as things work themselves out (this issue), and to be even more open-minded (next issue).

This was one of the best vacations I have had in a long time, and I learned to relax, and that for every problem, there is a solution.

I took an airplane to Eugene, Oregon (2 hours away from Coos Bay). I was extremely worried, for some odd reason, that something was going to go wrong. This was only the 3rd time I had ever flown, and the first time by myself. I kept telling my father, “ I am very fearful to get on this plane, something is going to go wrong.” Frightened as I was, I ended up making myself sick to my stomach. But, I landed safely with no problems.

My uncle Carl picked me up, and we drove back to his house. We surprised my grandma and great uncle (they just moved out there from Vegas in March). But, to keep it a surprise, I didn’t tell my other grandmother, in fear she would ruin the surprise by telling them. So, I was very worried to tell her where I had gone, and that I purposely didn’t tell her. She was pretty upset, but she eventually got over it (although I got enough grief!). That then made me realize I did not have to worry. It all worked out.

Uncle Carl and I were conversing when he brought up a very interesting point: “We have thousands of thoughts a day. Why waste one on worrying?” Now, don’t get me wrong, responsibility and light stress (school, deadlines, work) are healthy, but don’t over-stress.
They are quite interesting people. They are never really angry, don’t shout, and are relaxed and smooth about many situations.

The two of them are so passive, and so kind, and as I look at the situation without worry, I feel happier. Remember to remain, “Calm, Cool, and Collected.”

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