A year and a half ago, my mother developed breast cancer. Consequently, she lost feeling in her arms from severed nerves, and both breasts. Even though she is now a cancer survivor, the trek through those unpleasant experiences inspired my belief. Despite the fact our family was under tension, my mothers desire to live conquered affliction. I have never met a woman with a fiercer zeal for life. Her commanding drive constantly inspires me. In this manner, if I only pass on one value to my children, I would hope it to be the value of passion and desire for something positive in life. I have faith that passion motivates people to accomplish unimaginable things; incomprehensible miracles. It drives people to succeed, inspire, and shape their life styles. For my mother, passion impelled her to live.
Although fervor ranks on distinct levels according to certain morals and values, it has the same sense of ferocity for each individual. My passion is dance. I released the anguish and stress from my mother’s cancer through dance. Three years ago, I became very serious about dance, going to the studio every day for two hours or more after school. To speak to an audience through body language is incredible. Dancers are artists who paint the passions of the human spirit through movement. Along with taking lessons, I teach younger students the fundamentals of dance, the techniques that better one self and bring out beauty in our fractured world, through a completeness of choreography. One of the most rewarding accomplishments is to see my students feel the music and embrace the steps.
Along with witnessing my students develop a yearning for dance, I have also seen the positive effects transcended through my friends. In my sophomore year of high school, my best friend and I traveled to the Arlington Cemetery in Washington D.C. There, she discovered her desire to give back to her community by serving her country. Through the scrutinizing hours of physical training and academic assertion, and by willfully embracing her passion, she will now be attending the United States Air Force Academy in the fall.
It is thus, that I believe people should lead a conduct. Nearly everyday, I hear or read about circumstances in which nothing is done to prevent or pursue, whether it is child trafficking or the War on Terrorism. I want people to become aware of the world around them, and become passionate about it. I’m not asking for one person alone to save a third world country, or find the cure for AIDS. I am just asking for you to find something you care enough about and take action. I ask myself, where is the rage? Where is the passion? I found dance. My mother found the will to live. If only everyone used their personal drive to exceed expectations, the state of affairs would be well on its way to a restored environment.
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