Just Do It!

Just Do It!

From Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul

Just Do It!

The shortest answer is doing.

English Proverb

My vision is getting worse. I can’t even see what is five feet away from me without squinting. I know I need to get glasses, but I refuse to. I’m afraid they will make me look dorky. Besides, I can manage without them. These were my thoughts two years ago, when I was in the sixth grade. An embarrassing experience taught me that what I was thinking was wrong.

School had been out for two months. I was going to go to junior high school shortly, where I was sure that appearances are everything. So the question still remained. Should I, or should I not, wear glasses? The question was still in my mind when my family and I attended a wedding late in the summer.

During the wedding, I don’t know why, but I felt as if I were ready to explode. Maybe it was the excessive amount of soda I drank prior to the wedding. Immediately after the ceremony ended, I walked quickly to the bathroom. Since it was an emergency and I couldn’t clearly distinguish which door was marked boys, I just opened the nearest door and entered the restroom.

Unfortunately, I had entered the wrong restroom. I didn’t know this though, at the time, because all I could think about was to accomplish what I had gone there to do.

After I was done, I went to the faucet to wash my hands. That’s awkward, I thought, after looking around the squeaky-clean restroom. How come there are only toilets in here? Could I be in the girls’ bathroom? Abruptly, as if to answer my question, I heard a shrill scream coming from the direction of the entrance to the restroom.

After that incident, I decided to wear the dorky-looking glasses. I didn’t really care about what people thought of me anymore, as long as I never, ever, entered the wrong bathroom again.

On the first day of seventh grade, instead of making fun of me, I received compliments from my friends. They thought the glasses made me look more intelligent—more like a grownup.

So if you know something is right, just do it! Don’t make premature assumptions the way I did. You can avoid unnecessary embarrassment. It doesn’t matter what others think of you. All that matters is what you think of yourself—and that you can see where you are going!

Son Truong Nguyen, fourteen

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