Dear Reader,

Let me introduce myself. My name is Marissa, I am a sophomore in high school, and I will be 16 in January. I love life, and believe that we all need to get the most out of it. One of my biggest fears is failure. I believe self-improvement and self-happiness is key, which leads me to my personal philosophy: Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.

I am one of those people that others characterize often as a "perfectionist" or a "goody two shoes". So, my top priority in life is to do everything to the best of my ability. I hate disappointing others and do everything to be the best I can possibly be. So, if you haven't gathered this from my letter so far, failure is really tough for me. Too often, I dwell on my failures instead of my successes. But I have recently realized that in order to be truly happy in life, I can't be this hard on myself. I need to "stand up when it's all crashing down", face my fears, and learn to be motivated by failure. Sometimes failure is the key to success.


Failure is a cold dark forest trying to trap you inside and keep you from seeing the light. If you can find the light, you can rise above the darkness.