This I Believe

Ryan - Nashua, New Hampshire
Entered on June 4, 2007
Age Group: Under 18

I believe in believing in your self. Now you are probably saying this is what most people think, and it is not really my belief, but believing is yours self is what everyone needs to do. There have been so many times in my life that I thought that I was believing in my self and actually doing what I thought I could, but then I started to think that I couldn’t do it and stopped. If I was to just think, and do, then I would most likely have succeeded, and that goes for everybody.

Take something that happened to me. I know for a fact that I am not the best baseball player out there, but when I think I am good I can almost always be ok. The same goes for the opposite way around, if I think that I am bad, then I will be bad. There was this particular day when I was moved to left field. I almost always played right field, and I thought that I would be bad at left, so all during pre game practice I was making mistakes, because I thought I would. Then the first batter hit the ball straight at me, and it was the easiest fly ball ever. I stood right under it, and got ready for the ball to just drop into my glove, when the thought ‘what if I drop it’ came into my head. Sure enough the ball hit my glove right in the middle of the pocket, there really couldn’t have been any better way for that ball to come into my glove. I then put my other hand into my glove to grab the ball, and I knocked it out of my own glove, and it was counted as a hit. To this day I say that it was a new glove, and it was stiff, but in reality I didn’t believe that I could do it.

In another game I was playing right field. It was late at night, and the lights were turned on. It was an intense game, with both teams having an explosive offence. The other teams number one hitter was up, and he previously hit a homerun in that same game, so I backed up. I had to cover right center, because one of our players got kicked out of the game. The next thing that happened to me happened in a blur, but it is good enough to tell a story about. The batter hit the ball, and I just took off after it. I remember thinking to my self ‘you have this one,’ and sure enough as I ran from right center to the right field foul line I caught the ball. I squeezed, and didn’t want to open my glove again until I was next to some one, just so it wouldn’t fall out.

I realize that this story to you is one of those story’s hat you always hear about, but to me it was true. I believed in my self, and I could do what I thought I could, and I didn’t believe in my self, and I failed. Believe in your self, and if you fail, you know that you tried your best.