Melissa - Altoona, Iowa
Entered on September 18, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: setbacks

Melissa Van Vlair

This is Believe


Pain = Gain

I believe there are no gains without pains. I believe in never giving up and that when I fall to pick myself right back up. This is true for me in sports. For our team to win a game we have to work hard and be dedicated. We push ourselves as far as we can go until we feel like quitting. We experience failure before we experience victory. It is all worth it in the end when the team pulls off that 2 to 1 overtime, buzzer beating, victory, after that heartbreaking loss the night before by 1. Running those extra killers, waking up early for practice and working hard is what separates the good teams from the amazing teams. To achieve something great everyone has to go through pain, not only in a sport but in life as well.

In life, everyone has to go through hard times but that’s what makes people stronger. Those rough patches are what make us who we are. They define us. Yeah, everyone can say they wish for world peace and wish for no more death, destruction, and crimes. How will we know joy if we’ve never experienced sorrow? Everyone hears the expression, “Oh you will appreciate me when I’m gone.” I believe that is very true. People never come to realize how much they appreciate something or someone until it is gone. Life isn’t supposed to be fair. To get something that I really want I have to go through pain. If someone were to come up to me and say, “I have never experienced failure in my life.” I would think to myself that person isn’t appreciating life. People like this spend their lives walking on eggshells. Once people experience failure or pain they should get right back up and try again and learn from their mistakes. When people keep trying they will eventually achieve their goals. Successful people don’t give up on their dreams just because they hit a rough patch. Pain is just weakness leaving the body.