This I Believe

Josh - Indianola, Iowa
Entered on September 25, 2006
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: community, sports

I believe that it is essential to have children involved in organizations as early in life as possible. I also believe that it should be the responsibility of the parents to encourage this. In doing this, social skills and problem solving skills are developed to allow further growth for that child. I think that if a child is deprived of such experiences that it will be harder, later in life, to adjust to the social world and coexist in it.

I remember the first time my parents pushed me to join a organization; I was around the age of five and didn’t have many friends outside of our neighborhood. My father told me to go to a wrestling practice and to a boy scouts meeting. I didn’t know what to expect but after attending both of them I was excited to be a part of it because it seemed so fun. The only unfortunate thing was that boy scouts and wrestling met on the same nights so my father left it up to me to decide. I chose wrestling and I stuck with it for the next thirteen years.

My experience with wrestling got me involved in football, track, and baseball. Starting out at five years old I made friends that I have had for almost twenty years now, and their friends that I know will always be loyal because they stuck with me through all these sports. I learned skills that I carried through school and I will carry with me when I graduate college and enter the “real world”. Not only were these activities fun but they also taught me things such as teamwork, selflessness, passion, drive, commitment, and loyalty among other things were facilitated directly to me through these organizations.

In today’s world the learning curve for kids come sooner than people think that is why I believe that teaching kids to become a part of group that will develop them is vital in getting them ahead later on in life. So when I look back at how far I’ve come since I was five, and look at all my friendships and accomplishments that I received through my activities, I know that I can thank my parents for their encouragement and support in my life lessons.