"You can't live like that. You need to wake up. Life's not happy."
Why not? Have you ever asked this question, not to a professor refusing to extend a deadline, or to a parent denying you the right to stay out past curfew, but to life? To society? Have you ever questioned the world we live in? Sure, those that look at the world with a happy, positive, optimistic outlook are rare, and often considered naive... but are they wrong? Is it wrong to only watch happy movies and sitcoms, consistently changing the channel from violence and crime shows? Is it wrong to compliment strangers, and smile at people who pass you on the sidewalk? Would the world not be a better place if instead of thinking "look at everything that's going wrong in my life" everyone thought "look what's going right!" The mind is a powerful thing, and choosing to view the "glass of Earth" as half full instead of half empty is something we, as individuals, can chose to do. Positivity is contagious, and stress is bad for your health. So why surround yourself with negative energy, negative shows, negative people... why not change the channel, laugh a little, and tell your 8th grade students from a city school that they can be whatever they want to be? Sure, it might be a little unlikely, but so are a lot of things, and they're more likely to succeed with positivity and encouragement than with "you won't make it," negativity. We've walked on the moon, we've made vaccines, we have internet on our phones... WE, as a human race, can do anything we put our minds' to. So when society tells me I need to "grow up" and "stop being so positive" because "the world's not a happy place," I have just one thing to say.