Anna Cherie Millard - Grade 9, Oakwood High School
Life is a volleyball game. Sometimes you miss a serve, but the next you get an ace. To win, you have to play your very best and bring it to basics. Volleyball has been my way to escape boredom; push myself to higher limits. Every game I say one pass, one set, one hit, one point. This, as a way for my team to stay calm and bring our a-game to the set. Moving one step at a time. This is how I’m choosing to live my life.
Basketball was my life; I thought that would be what I would do forever. Then comes volleyball. I’ve never played. Everyone knew how to pass and hit. I didn’t even have knee pads. I felt out of my element. Coming in I had a feeling I wouldn’t make it. I got so determined though I went home and searched “ How to make the Volleyball Team.” Ever since volleyball, I have become more responsible and quick-minded. Knowing the game has gotten me my best friend too! Volleyball is my way to stay busy and contribute to my happiness. It builds my self-esteem, and is a big part of my life.
My goal in life is to be successful- happy. During homeroom, my teacher told us to write to our future selves: in that letter I asked if I were happy. This can be hard to accomplish with outside influences. Most aren’t sensational. All over social media there are wicked things: bombings, bullying, terrorism attacks, death, and disease. Seeing these makes me distressed! I wonder what makes people this way. Witnessing this hate makes me one point further from 25. Not everything is awful. Sometimes seeing people accomplish things, or cute animal videos make me feel elated.
My foundation for life was found through volleyball. Many people believe their foundation for life lies in the hands of God, or they’re fatalistic believing everything happens for a reason. That can be true for them, but for me I believe you have to be hard working, determined, confident, and cautious with laying out your life. Like a game of volleyball, you can’t go in thinking, ‘I hope God has my team to win tonight!’ Going in you have to be ready for whatever comes your way. Maybe the team is horrible, and this is a chance for you to focus on the basics and really think things through. Or it’s a great team you're against, and you have to push until there is no more you can do and also hope your team does their part. That’s why my foundation for life is hard work.
Going into my future, I hope to stay true to all the things I have said. Going by one pass first, then one set, then one hit. With this I hope I can achieve my goal as well!