“Most obstacles melt away when we make up our minds to walk boldly through them,” quoted from New Thought Movement writer Orison Swett Marden. Throughout my life I have encountered numerous obstacles whether it be through my own choices or by the choices others devised. What do I perceive as my biggest obstacle to my success; my past, my present, and my future. All of these will contribute to my success in college.
Throughout everyone's lifetime, one will confront an obstacle. Obstacles can obstruct or hinder one’s process. Most of the time obstacles have a negative a affect on people because of how difficult they can be. Not making a team, loss of a loved one, loss of a job are some examples of common obstacles that occur to many people. Obstacles are barriers that block people from pursuing what they want to do. They are present in every journey of our life, no matter how big or small. The importance of overcoming obstacles is learning new skills, determination and creating new opportunities.
All task have obstacles along their paths, and there obstacles are what gives the task their value. If a challenge is easy to overcome, and anyone can overcome it, then what use is there in completing it? The overcoming of obstacles is the real learning of the experience, not the act of reaching the finish. As the great martial artist once said, “Success is the journey, not the destination”.
By the time tryouts arrived, I felt ready to perform my best. I do not remember the number of students who participated, but the concentration of pure talent was spectacular. While some players were out on the field performing flip throw-ins, the bench was lined with players in neon cleats and half-shaved hairstyles. Soccer was a lifestyle to this crowd. By the time my socks were up, players formed circles with me on the outside. I was just a competitor to these players, something far away from a friend. After two weeks of facing brutal heat and even more brutal players, I was eventually cut from the list. The farewell was mutual, since I did not want to participate with players who brushed me off as a stranger. By the time I was cut from the team, school was two weeks away. I made no friends and had no more
I played soccer for three seasons; the main reason I stayed for that long though was because all my friends also played. I was interested more in spending time with my friends and the after-game snack, rather than scoring goals and playing soccer. Most of the time when I played soccer, I stood in the field, and just watching the ball. For sure, I was no Messi. One day, my parents approached me about disliking soccer and I told them that I did not want to continue soccer anymore; that was my defining moment, the innocent mistake at the age of six.
In year 10 I decided to stop playing soccer, it was an unusual time for me. The standards from grade 8 and 9 were nothing to what I had been facing that year and I didn’t know how to cope. Pressure to do well in school and excel in sports was daunting, my father wanted me to become a medical doctor and a professional soccer player at the same time.
As a child, I dreamed of becoming a nurse. However, my strong repugnance of blood and needles made a nursing career highly implausible. I had never set any logical career goals. Even if I had, the pursuit of any goal would have had to be put on hold, as I became pregnant at the age of seventeen. When my children were still very young, I thought about pursuing a teaching career and decided to enroll in college; however, my college days were short lived, as I was a single mother of three sons. My middle son faced learning challenges and I felt the need (and desire) to be a full-time, stay-at-home mom and focus on the needs of my children. When they got a little bit older and started
Even though I cried after every game because I wasn’t good enough and in practice always crossed the finish line last I still somehow loved the game. It wasn't the only game I loved though; I also loved soccer. After I kept the benches warm 6th grade year I decided I was going to work hard. I started running a mile at least once a week. Which turned into two miles after I filled a few buckets of sweat after a couple weeks. I had convinced my uncle to let me be a substitute on his indoor soccer team since I already missed tryouts.
When I was growing up, soccer was never a passion of mine. I always played baseball and basketball. When my freshmen year of high school roles around, I didn’t know what sport to play in the fall. My choices were soccer, football, and cross country. I hated running long distances , so cross country was out; I hated the possibility of getting serious head injuries ,so football was out. Now I was left with soccer. I chose soccer, and I played on Jv my freshmen year and Jv: varsity my sophomore year. My junior year I went from varsity to Jv to varsity. It was an up and down season.
My family makes a sufficient amount of money to take care of home necessities, but we only make so much money that we consider higher education a luxury. In addition, growing up without my father I have had to overcome many challenges including a lack of confidence and self love. Over time I have overcome these obstacles and I am proud of the young man I am today. I still find that I am my biggest critic, but instead of getting down on myself, I push myself harder to grow. Making mistakes is something I have accepted and have come to understand in order to get closer to my objectives both onstage and off. Everyday is an opportunity to learn, I make the choice challenging myself and grow as a student and as an artist. My background of growing
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“Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your strength and character.” Every once and awhile we will get our boots stuck in the challenges that we will have to trudge through to become stronger. Truly, we don't grow when things are easy or non-chaotic, rather we sprout into a growing tree when there is a rain storm. Life throws us overboard at every twist and turn so we have to batten down the hatches. Not only that, but we also seem to fall deeper into a bottomless pit when we attempt to take the shorter path. Overall, we have all faced challenges within our life, whether from a problem at home, to losing a soccer game. A maze that is endless, quick sand that swallows you whole; can both describe a challenge.
Do you think the Olympics are cool? Olympic athletes push the limits of a normal human body. What if the Olympic athletes were missing crucial body parts; like a limb, their ability to walk or the vision. That would make there job impossible right? Wrong! There are people who are missing limbs, are in wheelchairs, and can’t see pushing limits. They are showing society that they don't want piety they want equality. The ad shows the athletes as strong- not broken, through the music and video clips of the athletes on and off the field.
When I was a child, I remember someone telling me, “Obstacles do not block the path, they are the path”. I never truly understood that brief phrase until my own obstacles altered the pace of my life. In life, one is faced with trials and tribulations, which makes for an interesting outlook on life. However, overcoming those very trials and tribulations are what makes life’s outlook meaningful.
As a thirteen year old girl with only thirteen years under my belt, I can truly say I am grateful for having a roof over my head, food on the table, and a loving family without the support of my parents and family I could have never made high honors for the past two years. I love when a teacher recognizes all my hard work I put into the school year in order to achieve good grades. It is also a great feeling when you are sitting in a group in school and everybody looks to me for help and ideas. There has also been some obstacles I had to face in my life. Having to have this eye condition which has made me work even harder to get what I want. Failure is not an option for me so I will work as hard as I can in order to become someone that can