Elizabeth Worthen - Grade 8, Hadley E. Watts Middle School
Changing, Adapting, Turning
“A bend in the road is not the end of the road… unless you fail to make the turn” -Helen Keller (1880-1968)
When you get to a roadblock or change in life, here referred to as a bend in the road, you need to change and adapt. If everything around you changes and you do not, you will get stuck and fall. For instance, if one of your parents suddenly decides that they need to not be near your other parent and leaves, if you don’t change and adapt, you will fall and break. Changing and adapting would be making the turn, moving on and leaving the past. You can’t rewind time, but you can refuse to let it control you. If you can’t change something, why try? Having a plan that can adapt is one part of making the turn. A plan is obviously a good thing, because it outlines what you need to do. However, if your plan cannot adapt to sudden changes, you can’t follow your plan. For example, earlier this year, my parents had a big fight and my dad left to New Hampshire. My plan before this had been shaky at best, non existent at worst; this “event” shook me out of that. Now, I’m working out a plan.
I take martial arts and I believe that this will help me through these years. Not only do we focus on punches and kicks and such, but we focus on the mental, too. We learn how to defend ourselves with only our words, and how to find out how to stop a fight before it starts. I believe that this will help me because with less fighting, life is easier.
I know where I’m going, but now I have to figure out how to get there. I am working towards a degree in prosthetic sciences. Next, I have to find out what classes and what extra work I have to put in to get there. I need to find the road to get where I have to go before I get there. This is my best recipe for a good life, but like any great chef, I know that I have to adjust the original recipe.