Cue Card # 37: Describe a positive change in your life

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card # 37

Describe a positive change in your life.

You should say:

  • what change it was
  • when  and how it occurred
  • how long it took

and explain how it affected your life positively.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer:

I wouldn’t say that I hated myself because of what I was doing to my health at some point in my life. Rather, I hated myself because I knew exactly what I needed to do in order to improve my life, and yet, I wasn’t really very interested in following that path. But, then, finally I did it – I did stop smoking once and for all after probably trying at least a “thousand of times” over a 3 years period of time.

The positive change, probably one of the best ever in my life, came to an effect about 2 years ago when I finally managed to convince myself that I was actually an “addict”, no matter how hard I was trying to pretend otherwise, who couldn’t survive without smoking at least 20 cigarettes a day.

Of course, before that auspicious moment of “saying goodbye to smoking forever” I revisited my life almost a couple of years ago, and there was hardly any morning in my life (as an adult young man) that went by without feeling dragged down due to a low level of energy. Neither did a day go by when I was not feeling a heavy chest, with my struggling swollen lungs inside it, because of excessive smoking. The remaining of my days were not very pleasant either as I felt anxious and irritated for no obvious reasons.

Now, to many, an act of quitting smoking may not be a big decision in the greater scheme of things, but it was indeed a life-changing decision for me since it offered me an opportunity to become more focused with my life and my works. In fact, after quitting smoking I felt like I could breathe more easily and freely, providing me the much-needed extra energy to remain active and positive. I even noticed that my relationships with my family and friends had improved significantly after a “dead” relationship with cigarettes. Surprisingly, my appetite for foods had gone up as well. Finally, needless to say, I can actually consider myself as a healthy person since I didn’t need to worry about the health of my lung anymore.

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