Using Anger as a Motivator

The other day in class we took a little quiz.  Well, we thought it was a quiz and had a mini panic attack because we had no idea that there was going to be one.  Long story short, it wasn’t  a quiz on The Count of Monte Cristo at all, but a quiz for ourselves.  We were asked what made us mad about our families, school, and ourselves.  Not your average English activity, right?  We weren’t going to turn them in and no one was going to see them; it was just for us.  Well, I got a little too absorbed in this activity and as I was reflecting, I actually got in to such a bad mood that I had to stop and think about why I was so angry.  I’m weird, I know.  Anyway once we had written all the things that had made us mad, we had to go back and write what we could to fix it.  So here is what I wrote in a rather large nutshell:

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Jealous much?

I never understand why people become so jealous that they feel the need to bring others down.  It’s okay to be jealous, but to a certain extent.  You could want what someone else has, whether it’s a tangible thing or a state of being.  You’re jealous that the spoiled girl in your class got a brand new car for her birthday, for instance, or her super attractive boyfriend.  Or maybe you’re jealous that the person you can’t stand seems to be happy when you aren’t feeling very positive.

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