Our Second Nature

Samantha - Sheridan, Wyoming
Entered on January 8, 2009
Age Group: Under 18

Have you ever taken the time to eat an elephant? Obviously not because you have to understand that it’s a metaphor. I believe in order to eat an elephant you have to take one bite at a time. Eating an elephant is like learning to ride a bike or tie your shoes; it requires small steps each day.

Small steps is the key to life. To become better at something you have to work towards it, one day at a time. When I first learned how to tie my shoe I was frustrated. I felt I would never be able to do it; to tell you the truth, to this day I sometimes forget. The first time I forgot how to tie my shoe I put on another pair to go to second grade and after school I went home and grabbed my shoes and practiced. Practice makes perfect.

Have you ever practiced anything? Of course you have;it took me about one and a half years to learn how to walk. I was a baby and I crawled stumbled, got up and fell, stumbled, fell, and on and on. When I was three I was walking fine but you know every one falls sometimes. To this day I still cannot walk and run perfectly. In life alone, to succeed we have to get older and mature. But to succeed you have to take one bite at a time. For instance, you don’t just wake up in the third grade and suddenly graduate to college no matter how smart you are. You have to work to take those small steps your whole life. I believe in order to eat an elephant you have to take one bite at a time. So next time you try something new look at yourself and say, “Have I taken the time to eat an elephant today?” I feel every second of my life I am taking little steps to death. We look forward to death with every elephant we eat!

What bites of an elephant did you take today? Today I am writing this essay as a twelve year old seventh grader and I am taking the steps to tell you that steps just come naturally like walking, going potty, or even caring for someone else. We take these steps every day more than once. Telling you about writing this essay has told me that I knew more about taking steps than I thought. I thought when I started to write this essay that I would be telling you a bunch of baloney. But as I wrote this essay I realized life is not a prize pig; life is to be cherished with every moment it offers us.

Because of my experience, I have learned that life isn’t just the high road; you have to live life as if you were to die tomorrow. Seek for what will become of you and take the extra struggle. In the long run it might be worth it.