Mya Savino - Grade 7, Hadley E. Watts Middle School
The Power of Perseverance
Failure is inevitable. It is essential to life. â€œIt is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by defaultâ€ (J.K. Rowling). We have all had those days where you feel like youâ€™ve been defeated and you think the world is going to end. Whether you decide to give up or persevere is all up to you. You are the one who decides - you are the decision maker. So when you are given the choice between giving up or persevering ask yourself, â€œAre you making this decision for the right reasons. Do you think that a bad day gives you the right to quit something you have a passion for?â€ I did â€¦ until I learned a very valuable lesson. Perseverance is the key to success.
My day wasnâ€™t the best. On top of everything else, I had gymnastics - just what I needed after a terribly stressful day. When I got to the gym we started off with warm ups and then bars, beam, vault, and the ever so dreadful floor. When I got to the floor, I began working on my back handspring - a skill I had been working on for what seemed like forever. I told myself I could do it. Of course it didnâ€™t happen and I was extremely upset with myself.
When my Mom picked me up from gymnastics she asked how it went. I told her I didnâ€™t want to do gymnastics. Then when we got home my parents and I had a very long conversation It was then that I realized that I was quitting for really no good reason - just because I had a bad day of trying without success.. So with that I didnâ€™t quit. The next week I practiced and the next and the next. I persevered. I used my personal strengths to help the situation. I used my love of learning by knowing that my backhandspring could help me learn other skills. I used my discipline to keep myself focused on the task at hand, and not to get distracted. I knew that I could do it - I was going to get that skill.
And then finally I did it! It finally happened and all I needed was perseverance and self confidence. I was so excited! In June we had a gymnastic meet and I won first place. I will carry what I learned from this experience with me for the rest of my life. In life sometimes the beginning is tough - you might start out a little discouraged and fearful, but it is all worth it in the end when you have that moment where you can say to yourself, â€œI did it!â€
â€œI am way too powerful to be doubtful, too optimistic to be fearful, and way to determined to be defeatedâ€ (Hussein Nishah)