When I was a bit older, around 4, my mother would read simple stories with me at night. My interest in the performing arts started with singing to The Ramones in my mom’s red sedan. I was not formally involved in the performing arts as an occupation, however, until elementary school. Elementary school began to introduce a social context to my favorite artistic occupations. I took an after school ballet class when I was 5, but did not continue it.
In the song, it talks about how when you’re young, you have so much time ahead of you that you take it all for granted and don’t really live when you’re meant to live. Once you get older however you see how much time you have wasted by doing nothing and then you regret passing up those opportunities. Listening to classic rock (or as my friends refer to it as “dad music”) for my entire life, I have heard many songs about people wasting their younger years and wanting to go back but they can’t. I have always had a motto of “living in the moment” which I think is very common among my generation, but I believe that it really is the smartest way to live. The worst thing you can do is waste your youth with nothing to show for it.
Growing up I 've always been convinced that every single person was gifted in a way .For the longest time I’ve pondered what my gift was, for the longest time I searched for what that I was gifted or good at. But to my dismay I never found that anything I was good at. It put me in a spot that made me think, “If I don’t have any talent then what defines me compared to the next person?”. That question has always bothered me but eventually I found the answer I was looking for. If I have no set direction in my life then that just means I’m free to choose what I can be good at .
Personally, I am not the type to get excited over positive results, but this occasion was remarkably unique. My response was to literally jump up and down with glee before floating over to my door, sliding down the stairs, and telling my mom that I made it. For the rest of the night I felt euphoric; nothing could drag me down. One extremely intense month of practice and I achieved what I thought was initially impossible. Based on this, I formed a fresh outlook on challenges: I can accomplish anything I set my sights on so long as I work for it with everything I have.
So I decided to do the same thing, I said to myself “I don 't need to be a professional I just need to know a couple famous songs so I can impress my friends and stuff”. After that day I 've started playing for fun. What I learned from this experience is that if you try something for the first time and you 're not very good at it doesn 't mean you can 't become better at it. This applies to anything in life for example, sports. Some people are really good at playing sports, not because they were born like that.
Their wasn’t girls fighting over who would play varsity or not, but instead pushing each other get their lowest scores. My coach, Mr. Keeton, taught me that it doesn’t matter what I score, that if I had fun, then that is all that matters. My favorite activity was band. I was a member of the Pep Band, Jazz Band, Drumline, Marching Band, Musical Pit (Theatre Band), and Concert Band. I have also taken three solos to contest, and have used my talent in competitions.
I taught five students, two trumpets, two French horns, and one baritone. I worked very hard with these students who didn’t know their scales, how their solos went, or what to expect out of an audition. In that week I helped them memorize their scales, I worked very hard on their solos and I held little mock auditions with them. After a week of hard work, three of my kids made district in some way. My baritone student made the band, one of my French horns made an alternate seat, and one of my trumpets made an alternate seat.
I also play, I have been playing the piano since I was seven years old. I took music classes my first semester at Stanly. I took music appreciation and introduction to jazz. The music classes in my opinion were wonderful, I learned a lot about different composers. I began to share with Elijah about my experience in a online class with other students that had the same interest in music just like I did.
I felt as if the rest of my life was over and there was nothing left for me to do. What was I to do? I truly had no idea. I had made the “B” team, but that wasn’t the same. Kids on the “A” team would come in and brag about how they won by however many points they had and I would just sit there in wonder, What if I practiced harder?
I have begun to realize that I have yet to begin my life: everything up until now I have considered practice. Every day I question myself, “When will the right time come to do this or do that?” Now I realize that the answer to that is now. Now seems to be the time to start taking life seriously and making responsible choices. I’ve realized I have come to a point in my life where I choose what I do with my future, but need to choose something that will make me happy. Although there are many possibilities our future can take a drastic turn, we have to come up with a handy plan that will help be resilient.
I don 't march anywhere or play an instrument outside of band class or at my house, but band taught me that even when you think it 's too tough, you need to keep working at it until you can do it no matter what it takes. I never saw the point of working hard for something that 's so irrelevant, until I saw the entrance to the Alamodome for state marching contest and figured that even tho this is one of the hardest things i 've ever done, I was glad that me and the other forty or so people i 'm glad to call my friends and family all worked hard together and individually to get us where we are today. Knowing that I have benefited from this experience makes everything about it, the practices, the heat, the overall toughness that I endured was all worth it for me and my future. Without band I wouldn 't have a set level of endurance I have now and a level to which I work hard to reach whenever I do something that doesn 't
I could place all the blame on the mistakes I made freshman year but that would not help change that I fell short of my goal twice. Instead I had to accept that my hard work was not hard enough and my endeavors were not my earnest. If I had the knowledge and skills that I have now back when I was a freshman, I would have had a higher chance at being a part of National Honor Society.The reality is that I cannot change what I did or did not do three years ago. Although the experience I have now would have helped me then, I must use my knowledge to help me now and not make the same
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“Baby, I promise I’ll be back soon. There’s no need to cry, I’ll be back before you know it.” The worst phrases that I was accustomed to hearing almost every year. Being with your mother is a place that will forever be a child 's favorite sanctuary, however, I never experienced that sacred temple. Because of this missing piece in my life, transitioning has never been easier. Transitioning from high school to Middle College requires a surplus of mental strength.