Good From Hard: Doing What You Don’t Want To Do

Kahn - West Chester, Pennsylvania
Entered on September 21, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: sports, work

I believe that good things can come out of doing something we don’t want to do. I started wrestling when I was in seventh grade. The whole rolling around with a sweaty guy in tights thing really didn’t sound that great to me but I joined the DCCS wrestling team to get my friend to stop bugging me about it. When my first meet came around I was so nervous that I went to the bathroom over ten times in about an hour. I had never been so nervous in my entire life. I was a scrawny little 110 pounder with two weeks of wrestling experience about to go embarrass myself in front of friends, family, not to mention girls! I warily inched onto the mat and shook the boys hand. I ended up pinning him in the first round. I had never felt a feeling so great. I had won without the help of a team or fancy equipment. It was just me that had won. The season went on and the nervousness never went away before a match but I ended up with only having three losses on my record and over 10 wins. The season ended and I started to work out like crazy. The next season came along and I returned an all muscle 125 pounder. I was voted team captain and I finished that year undefeated. Although I never lost a match that year I still would get that horrible nervous feeling in the bottom of my stomach before a match. Also, I competed in a tournament and took first place. College scouts have looked at me and have shown an interest in me.

This important lesson applies to my life in many ways. By forcing myself to persevere with wrestling I developed discipline for my body and health. I also experienced success as a wrestler. It has taught me to persevere in other areas of my life such as schoolwork and my job. Today when I am faced with a task that seems to hard to accomplish I remember my experience with wrestling and that helps me to persevere through it.

This lesson is important to the world because everyone faces things that we don’t want to do and seem too hard. Everyone needs to learn to face things they don’t want to do and persevere through them. This is a Universal truth that we all must learn. You never know what things can come out of facing obstacles and trying new things.