Daniel Staton - Grade 9, Centerville High School
Good life essay
Albert Einstein once said, â€œLife is like riding a bicycle to keep your balance you must keep moving.â€ Every day is an opportunity for me to focus on the positive and not dwell on the negative aspects of life. I see the world differently than most people, literally. Being legally blind makes some aspects of my life more difficult than others. For one thing, driving is most likely out of the question and for a teenage boy that is a difficult reality to face. High school presents additional challenges. Completing the numerous homework assignments takes longer for me than a typical student. Difficulties aside, I choose to keep pedaling.
Maintaining good grades is incredibly important to me. My parents taught me the value of a good education from an early age and they have high expectations for my future. I do as well. Failure is simply not an option for me and neither is feeling sorry for myself. Truthfully, I do not see myself as disabled. My view of the world is the only one I have seen. I surround myself with positive people who treat me like everyone else. Normalcy is what I strive for. Being stuck in low-gear is not for me.
At times, being at high school is hard, but not in the way you might expect. The difficulty occurs when I see students wasting the opportunity that they have to receive a good education. The absolute worst is when I see capable students who just do not even try to complete the work. It makes me angry and I sympathize with some of my teachers as they strive to teach these apathetic students. I wish they would realize that life without a good education is like trying to pedal a bike without a chain.
The future is not certain for any of us. One thing is clear; there is value in a good education. Sharing your knowledge can help you achieve balance in life. That is why volunteering is another one of my passions. Whether I am helping with the four year olds at church or volunteering at library events, I get satisfaction from seeing the enjoyment on the faces of those I assist. There is great pleasure to be gained in volunteering, along with new lessons to be learned. Lessons are not only taught at school. So, my plan is to keep cycling forward, balancing as best I can, and hoping not to wipe-out too many times.