Ralph Waldo Emerson Self Reliance Meaning

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Do I choose what will make me happy or do I choose what is practical? In Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay “Self- Reliance,” he writes “Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. Accept the place the Divine Providence has found for you.” This quote is significant because I frequently doubt myself in my life. This quote not only inspired me but also Usain Bolt to trust in oneself and believe that the events happening will serve a greater purpose down the road. Emerson was right when he said to trust thyself. This quote is relevant to me when I am officiating volleyball or softball. But recently, it has been softball. For example, it was one of the final innings and a batter from the home team was up to bat. She stepped in the batter’s box with such certainty that even I wasn’t playing on the team against her. “Pitch!” the lead official called, and the pitch was thrown. The batter took a mighty swing and the ball landed right in front of short stop. I was almost positive the batter was going to get out, but short stop threw the ball as fast as they could towards first base while the runner sprinted with all her might to the orange base. SMACK! The ball was…show more content…
In an interview with Haute Time, when asked what he was looking forward to in the 2016 Olympics, Bolt answered that his two goals were defending his titles and winning gold. When questioned, “How do you stay motivated?” Bolt replied, “I still have the drive. I just want to push the barriers and see what I can do and how far I can go. I am just determined and driven.” I believe that Bolt was determined with not only his body but also his mind. Without the willpower of his 6’5 body, Bolt would have never achieved his goals. Also, if he had constantly second guessed himself during a race, Bolt would not be the famous, confident man we know today. Trusting yourself clearly proves to be
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