The Tablet Jr. > April, 2021

By Carmelina Viola, Grade 6

First, what is self-discipline? Self-discipline is the ability to be in possession, to control and motivate yourself, stay on track, and do what is right. I think of self-discipline as a muscle the more you train it, the stronger it becomes. 

My Story 

Carmelina ViolaA time when I had self-discipline was when my Grandparents had Covid-19. This was a very difficult time because I wasn’t able to do anything with them. I couldn’t go hang out with them, make dinner, or even go out and shop together. I missed them dearly. Even if my Grandparents were healthy and able to do anything, I still wouldn’t have been able to see them because everyone was in quarantine. I worried if my Grandparents would recover from the virus. I would hear stories on the news about the difficulty of healing from the virus. I didn’t want my Grandparents to be sick. I wanted them to recuperate so I was able to see them again.

Now the main question is how was I able to cope with all this? Well, I just told myself every day that it would get better. What I mean by this is that I know everyone will be ok and recover from this at some point. At the end of the day, It’s all about what you’re used to, As my dad always says. I have to admit this wasn’t easy for me to do. Sometimes I would wake up and not want to get up to start my day. Sometimes I would log in to my zoom meet and not want to shower, or get dressed, or brush my teeth, but I always remembered that by doing this there’s no point. Things would fall into place if I just kept pushing myself. I hoped that everyone could go back to normal. Some of it hasn’t gone back to normal yet but it’s slowly starting to get better as the days pass on and the rules keep changing for the better. A quote I use to help with my self-discipline is “Motivation gets you going, but discipline keeps you going. Covid -19 taught me a lot about myself and self-discipline.