Reflective Essay: My Watershed Moment

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It was at this exact moment when I experienced my watershed moment. It was at this exact moment when I realized how even the things that we hate doing the most, are absolutely necessary to us because they define who we are as a person. I realized the issue with my life was not that I wasn’t intelligent, or that I was untalented at gymnastics, or that I had poor multitasking skills or an inability to cope with stress. My issue was my inability to want to get the best out of the advantages that the sport brought me. I had lived my entire life without realizing that all the work that I was putting into the gym was to eventually gain something greater. These greater things consisted of a possibility to receive a scholarship, a higher education,…show more content…
I realized that even the things that we hate doing the most, are absolutely necessary to us because they define who we are as a person, and they could bring us several benefits in the future. For example, the reason a person continues to go to school even if they hate it is because of the benefits they get out of it in the future. The benefits of this example would be related to a job or career, and eventually having the financial freedom, all by doing something that you temporarily despise. Basically saying that no matter how bad things are now, it will absolutely be worth it in the future. After having my watershed moment, I was offended by the fact that I was taught at a young age that we should only do things that we found fun and nonstressful. I was offended by this brainwashing material that was being fed to me when I was too young to understand anything. If I could educate people based off of my realization, I would make sure that we stopped teaching children at a young age that we should only do things that we liked. Teaching children this gives them a false sense of what the future will bring them, and when negativity eventually hits them, they will want to completely stop everything, just as I did. If we taught everyone that any work toward a goal brings negativity, they will approach tasks with an open mind and an idea that whatever they are working for will truly be worth it in the long
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