What matters in life?

Jared - springdale, Arkansas
Entered on October 7, 2008
Age Group: Under 18

What matters in life? What does life itself accomplish? I have asked myself this question many a day, but until now, have stumbled upon what I think is the answer. As long as you try with all your effort, committing and respecting yourself, you can do anything, be anything your heart desires. I believe this is a common misconception for teens and children. We tend to think this in a weird manner in the fact we really can’t change into a fairy princess or the frog king, yet it is a good motive in which kids use to strive for their dreams. My life consists of many stories in which this statement has come in handy.

Is life really a box of chocolates? Is it just handed to one branded by a company and their you go, you have a future? NO, you have to act upon what one likes to do.

My first story consists of someone that plays one of many important roles in my life, my brother Tyler. I’ve always looked up to him as a role model, when were not fighting over the remote. His thing is football. Everything in his room…football. What do you think he played? FOOTBALL!! Yet, that’s what his heart desired he was never what one might call a star player. Even though he was over 160 pounds of pure fat, he was slow so the coach had no place for him. So, Tyler all through Jr. High last string. But, this didn’t slow him down until one day…. He had second thoughts. That day I wondered if this was my brother. Was this the Tyler I knew? No, he did not quit and he kept his chin up, it actually made him try harder. On his 9th grade year Tyler had a sudden growth spurt and was now as thin as a pole. He dropped about 50 pounds that year. This was a minor set back for Tyler.

By this time I was starting to realize the effect of “try hard or go home” and what it meant. I have to admit football is one of the harshest and commanding sports; I and many others have participated in. One had to be physically fit and mentally straight for the challenge. Now I am a lover of the sport and one of my hobbies today. Now I am in Jr. High myself, and for my brother he is now starting defensive end for har-ber high. His hard work and dedication to the sport has made a difference in my life, in his as well.

This may be not a big deal to some yet; others have been through the hard times as my brother. Like I said before life isn’t some box of candy you can by at some local general store you have to earn it, live it.