This I Believe

Coner - Rockford, Michigan
Entered on October 10, 2007
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: sports

I believe in water like glass. I believe that everyone needs a release, and for me that is water skiing. When I wake up at seven o’clock, on a crisp summer morning, and look out my window, I see one of the best sites in the world. For about twenty seconds I stare at the calmest, smoothest water ever. Then, I get too excited. I jump into my suit, grab my life jacket, ski, and rope, and run down to my boat.

Ever since I’ve been eight years old I’ve been water skiing, and I have always found it to be my favorite hobby. For me, water skiing is like a drug. It’s a way to free myself from the worries of school, friends, family, expectations, and pressures. There is just something about it. Whenever I get out on that water I feel calm and at peace with everything, I don’t have a care in the world.

Skiing is a struggle, and this is part of what makes it such a great release. All that I can focus on when I’m out on the water is laying my body down as far as I can and making that perfect pass across the wake. The longer I go, the harder it gets, and the more I focus on my one and only goal. I forget about the rest of the world.

Out on the water is also a place where I learn a lot about myself. I can tell when I’m lacking in courage or just being lazy at a point in my life, depending on how I am skiing. I’m at a good point in my life and feel good about myself when I’m on the water everyday and I know I’m improving. I can tell when I need to be more courageous and out going when I am too scared to lay my body down and make a real hard cut skiing.

Water skiing has also taught me many things. I’ve learned patience and hard work from skiing. It takes a long time and a lot of effort to become good at this sport, but it is well worth it. I’ve also learned the importance of family and friendship. Whenever I’m out skiing, I’m always with family or friends. I’ve learned to cherish these times, even though I use the time as my own, to get away from everything.

Skiing is my release. When I’m skiing is when I feel most alive, and when nothing else in the world matters. All that exists is me, my ski, and the water.