Kelly Shawler - Grade 7, Hadley E. Watts Middle School
Get Ready, Here I Come
As a twelve year old, I have my teen years ahead of me. In my life I’ve had to overcome many things and I can only imagine how much more jarring the bumps in the road ahead of me are. It isn’t unusual for people my age to ponder about their future years. Like everyone else, I have many goals for my future, but in order to reach these goals, I have to worry about getting there. Many people set their goals, but don’t have a plan to get there. I believe this is the wrong approach.
When I was little, my mom was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. As an eight year old this gave me an array of various emotions and feelings. Stage three is very damaging and harmful and scared my family. This forced me to think about what everyone in my life means to me. As a little girl, this was very challenging and took a while. Fortunately, after a dreadful year of operations and doctors’ appointments, we beat the battle. After it was all over, I really evaluated myself and found out how loving and caring everyone in my family is. I plan to overcome all of the hardships to come much like I had to during this time in my life.
When I’m older, and in high school, I want to thrive as an athlete and student. I would love to go to Ohio State and study to become a doctor. The reason I want to be a doctor is so I can maybe help my family if we’re ever in another severe medical situation. In order to go to Ohio State I have to get good grades in high school. If I want to be a Centerville High School athlete, I have to manage my time well. This will be challenging at some times, but is a necessity for me to be happy. If I succeed with this, I will be following Dotty Yeck’s philosophy of “Being Good + Doing Good = Having Fun + Being Happy. “
In the past, I’ve turned to my friends if I was in a situation, but now, after learning about Dotty Yeck’s philosophy and evaluating myself from the past during this contest, I feel I have been wrong. I should really be turning to my family and my friends. The reason that I put both family and friends is, I know family will help me tremendously, but friends will bring different perspectives about my situation. One of my favorite singers, Colbie Caillat, once said, “Talking with my friends and family everyday keeps me grounded and connected to home. They are the most important things to me.”
This contest has not only helped me gain better writing skills, but has reminded me that I need to be a better person and really live by Dottie Yeck’s philosophy.