Why I Am A School Classroom

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In every elementary school classroom I found myself in, the room would be surrounded by quotes similar to the following: “‘Tis a lesson you should heed, try, try again. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.’ — William Edward Hickson”. Due to this, from a young age I was under the impression that you should always try your hardest and if you do, you’ll be successful at whatever you put your mind to. I later came to the conclusion that in order to do so you must push yourself as much as you can mentally and physically. However, I didn’t realize how naive this thought process was. Will you always succeed when you push yourself that hard? When I was ten, I learned for the first time that that’s not always the case. Every year, my family attends a family reunion in Estes Park, Colorado where we engage in a week full of challenging hikes. When I was ten, my parents finally decided that I was ready to join for one of the most challenging hikes in the area, the hike up Long’s Peak. Right before the hike I was absolutely thrilled. All of my older relatives had spoken so highly of this hike so I was so excited to experience it for myself. Yet, when I look back on the day that my family successfully hiked 14 miles as group, what I remember isn’t the breath-taking 360˚ view of the mountains that I have seen many times since, rather what I remember is the car ride back to our cabin when I was vomiting. I made a huge mistake that day. It began when on the car ride to the
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