I believe in commitment. I strive for the people that I can rely on whether its family, friends, or teammates. Like the brother who promises he will always be there for me no matter however many times I beat on him or call him names. The fact that we will always be there for each other, to help each other out through our families rough times. Like the friend who can promise you to always be there for me, of course they won’t be there all the time, but I can trust them and rely on them to keep my deepest secrets. Like the teammate who promises to cover my spot in the playing field and cheer you on when I’m up to bat.
Softball season last year was tough. We went through many rough patches because we weren’t the greatest. Although our coaches got really frustrated and annoyed of us they never gave up on the team because they were committed. When we were on a losing streak, I didn’t consider quitting and I continued to try my hardest and hope for improvement. I always thought of new ideas that would try to help our self-esteem or give us a better outcome in a game. I would cheer on my teammates, no matter how much we were losing by and we never gave up. At the end of the game, I remember we use to have a discussion about how we could improve and where we should have an extra practice on the weekend because we knew that as teammates, we relied on each other and it was no ones fault that we lost. We took the blame together and took the punishment as a team.
From this, I learned that committing to something is more than just showing up for practices, its about something more valuable. One day when I told my mom I was considering skipping practice, my mom told me, “No, you have made a commitment to this, so you must go.” I got really aggravated whenever she said that, but I never really understood it. Now I know, commitment is giving your promise to someone, that you will be there for them, and it doesn’t matter what happens and how hard it may be, they can always turn to you. As small as the idea of commitment is, it plays a large role in shaping my life. I have my friends to comfort me, my family to understand me, and my teammates to rely on.
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