The story goes that a 3rd grader named Linh sat with a 2nd grader (me) and a 1st grader (my friend) on the bus. Years later we recount the story of how cool we thought we were having someone older grace us with their presence, but in Linh’s version she just didn’t have any friends to sit with. That’s Linh though, she never dwells in any negativity, she makes herself busy with something else and moves on. Not only that, but she rarely let’s me wallow in my self-negativity either. After a particularly hard break-up, she (super-woman-like) busted in to my parents home and peeled me off my place in front of the TV. Then she set up an obstacle course complete with egg balancing and twirling around a baseball bat. By the end of the day we couldn’t stop laughing. Linh’s friendship has always been the main conqueror of my self-pity, so I thought for sure I’d need to interview her.
EF (Me): How do you keep an optimistic attitude?
LT (Linh Tran): I always ask myself, how important is this right now and try to see things in a larger perspective rather than just my own.
LT: Being involved, staying busy.
LT: Me time. Regrouping and re-focusing on what is important like family, work, friends, my faith.
LT: Being away from the people I love.
LT: Sarcasm works wonders.
LT: Every time someone tells me they love me and I know they meant it.
LT: People choose to make themselves happy or unhappy, it takes a conscious effort to tell yourself you are happy or not.
LT: Not saying how I feel when it matters the most.
LT:Spaghetti with meat sauce.
LT: Covering for someone who committed a crime and I believed they had a purpose here and was truly a good person.
LT:You will be challenged, things will be tough, but you will be successful and you will be happy in your own shoes.
LT: Joe Mauer.
LT: To be it all; a career woman, a wife, a mom, but to be good at all three.
LT: You can do whatever you set your heart to, and I believe in you.