When I am “zoned out” or focused, I am not being mean, I’m just serious, but others didn’t quite understand that. One day I went to my counselor's office because I wanted to do community service, I asked the lady at the front desk if she knew where my counselor was and at what time would she be back because she was not in her office at the time, the lady said she doesn’t know so I decided I was going to come back later. When I finally spoke to my counselor about doing community service she informed me that the lady in the front desk does not want me to work for her because I have an “attitude” and I looked at her in a rude way. My counselor had me sit down with her and explain to her that I had nothing against her.
When I started my community service with her we grew very close, and she then explained to me that I looked like a mean person but I am sweeter than I look. She also advised me to smile more often because I have a “serious” face. She bought me gifts and recommended me to many places. Many similar situations have happened where I have missed out on opportunities for simply not smiling, therefore even when I’m focused or “zoned out” I try to remember to “crack a smile”.