What would you do if your family made you eat part of a nasty , mucousy , squishy octopus ? Or make you ride down a super frightening roller coaster at the age of Seven ? Or possible the worst one yet , force you to go into the most eerie, disturbing, haunted house attraction that you know of ? Although there are many things i do not like . I love playing sports , hanging out with friends , and spending time with family .
When someone tells you that you 're too small, too little, or not strong enough, you should use that to your advantage. If you still work at it and you use that as motivation, you have something that no one can take away from you. That is pride. I was about 5 years old. Every day my brother would come home from school, get his homework done as fast as possible and we would play catch.
At the age of 5, I aspired to either become a professional athlete or an ESPN anchor. Ever since I could remember, I would kick a soccer ball around, dribble a basketball, or throw a baseball around with friends and family. I used to be the league champion and MVP of the team every season, but as time progressed, other competitors would rocket past in height and become the best players because of their size advantage. Although other young athletes became stronger and taller than me, it did not change the passion and commitment I had for sports.
As a baseball player failure is a natural part of my life. The best hitters in history failed a staggering 65 percent of the time and at times their rate of failure was much higher. Every player experiences a period where they seem to fail in every attempt they take; some have long periods of failure, while others have short periods of failure. I recently experienced a long stretch where it felt like nonstop failure on my part while playing baseball. It started first as not being able to get a hit, then progressed to striking out in almost every at bat.
What is an aphorism? An aphorism is a wise saying or quote that contains words of truth, lasting meaning, or inspiration. There are thousands of aphorisms that exist in the world. A famous aphorism by Babe Ruth is “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” This aphorism relates to my life because I want to try new things in my life and not just stick to one thing.
One extracurricular that has influenced my personality, outlook on life, and plans for the future, is softball. I have been playing softball since I was a young child, but it was not until recently that I realized why my appreciation for the sport is so great. During the summer between my eighth grade and freshman year, I joined a travel softball team called The Fox River Fury based out of Sheridan, Illinois. The team and I traveled around Illinois competing against other softball teams in our age division.
The nerve of that fella, askin’ me to go to Gatsby’s funeral! It’s none of his beeswax tellin’ me to do anything. We need to live in the present and livin’ in the present ain’t reminiscing ‘bout the dead. It is a shame he got bumped off, but it’s done and dusted. You know he used to be a gutter rat from the middle of nowhere?
This summer I went on a vacation and played baseball. I also mowed lawns so I could pay for my baseball trips, as well as working on my farm. Right now I am helping my dad move out to the farm. For baseball this year we had a lot of games. If I wasn’t playing baseball I was mowing, or I was helping clean out an apartment.
Confidence and friendship are very important to a lot of people. Confidence is needed to excel in sports. In baseball, when someone is up to bat you usually hear their coach saying something about confidence and that they can hit the ball. My life revolves around sports, so confidence is very important to me. If I do not have confidence I am not going to get any better, or be any good at all.
If you’re going to understand me, you need to understand about the baseball bat. See, when I worked in the dorm, which was every year for the past twenty-one up to this one, I used to roam the halls toting a 33-inch Mizuno hard maple with a thin handle. The Milliken freshmen were particularly dismayed by this habit. I guess the sight of an older man over six feet tall and sporting two-and-a-half bills wasn’t made any less intimidating to them by the addition of a two-pound piece of lumber designed to be swung as quickly as possible. I tried to tell them: “Do you really think, in any circumstance, that I would actually hit you?
Baseball: A life full of lessons “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” - Dr Suess. My first steps were with a baseball bat in my hand. Baseball was life, the rest was just details.