This I Believe

Harrison - Knoxville, Tennessee
Entered on January 8, 2009
Age Group: Under 18

I believe that to really fulfill a sense of achievement you must live life without any regrets. When you look back on your life fifty years from now, will there be anything that you wished you had done? I believe if you really do live without any regrets, you will have a successful life at whatever you do.

Reflecting back on my life so far I immediately think of things that I regret not trying. One of those things would be football, I have always loved the game of football, but have thought I needed to wait until I reached a big enough size to play. Yet when I think about it that was a really stupid excuse that stopped me from doing what I love. That’s why in one of my two remaining years of high-school I plan on joining the football team. I want to make sure that when I’m forty and have kids I can reflect on my teenage years and think about all of the things I tried and share those good experiences with my children.

Having no regrets may lead you into doing something that might be outside of your comfort zone. This, however, is not a bad thing. In fact that’s what it is supposed to do, you cannot have an amazing life without ever trying things that you are intimidated by. Football is a very intimidating sport, but it is one that is very fulfilling if you try. I think another reason that I held off playing football for so long was because of how my peers reacted when I said that I wanted to. They would often just laugh, make fun of me, or just go on acting like it was no big deal with that little hint of sarcasm in their voice. At a younger age I generally had relied on the people around me and when they told me that I shouldn’t play, I didn’t. Of course, now I realize that I shouldn’t have let my peers interact with my decisions.

I don’t even know if I will enjoy playing competitive football, or even finish an entire season, but since I haven’t tried it yet I can’t make that decision. I have to play football so that I can fulfill a sense of achievement, and so that I can live my life without having that feeling of regret in the back of my mind.