My name is Aldo Viveros, and I am a Senior at Templeton High School. I play football and I am part of a class called Link Crew which helps incoming freshmen get the hang of high school. I love to make people laugh and smile, some might say it’s what I do best. I haven’t always been the happy, outgoing kid I am now. There were times where all I needed was a smile.
“I can’t control what comes my way, but I can control what I do about it. My amazing friends helped me along the way, because I could never have done it alone.” — Aldo Viveros
I wrote a blog last year about not being able to play football my Junior year because of a concussion my Sophomore year. It was a really difficult time for me because football was a way for me to express myself and get all my negative emotions out. I didn’t have a way to help me get through hard times. I felt very empty and I started to become very depressed and angry.
A couple of months into my Junior year my mom was in the hospital because she tried to commit suicide. The situation caused me to have many negative emotions. I started to push the people who meant the most to me away and I stopped going to school. I felt like I had to be strong for my two little sisters. I wanted to be their shoulder to cry on and rock through it all. I would not show or tell how I was feeling to anyone. I kept all of my emotions locked in. I wanted to tell people, don’t get me wrong, but I was afraid. I was afraid to get judged or people would always feel sorry for me.
My friends started to notice my mood was changing and they would ask what was wrong. I would always say, “Iḿ fine.”But deep down I wanted to tell them what was going on. It wasn’t until the end of my Junior year when one of my friends came to my house and I finally told him what was going on. It felt very relieving to get my problems off of my chest. I started asking for help and my friends would always be there.
I changed for the better because of this. I started to come to school and hanging out with my friends again. I saw things from a different, more positive perspective. I was becoming Aldo again.
I can’t control what comes my way, but I can control what I do about it. My amazing friends helped me along the way, because I could never have done it alone.
Aldo Viveros is a senior at Templeton High School. He is in Link Crew and on the football team. He is constantly involved in all the school activities and is always an easy person to talk to.