Quinn Watercutter - Grade 7, Hadley E. Watts Middle School
The Path to the Finish Line
For me, being busy not only created happiness, but pain relief. At the age of two, I was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis, an immunosuppressant disease that attacks your joints. To compensate, my mom introduced me to many sports. For the first few years of my life, I hopped from dance, to tee-ball, to soccer, and finally, to basketball. After I was placed on a team at our local Rec Center, I found the sport that was for me. The movement up and down the floor, the sound of the ball swishing through the net, and the bounce of the basketball as I dribbled it up the floor; this enveloped me in a basketball-loving world. Soon, as my rheumatologist noticed, the more I devoted my time to basketball and sports, the better my arthritis became.
As I got into my elementary and middle school years, I was put in remission for my arthritis and have never shown any signs again. In middle school, I realized that I needed to broaden my interests. I joined our middle school band, which helped with my math and musical abilities. Playing the flute gave me a calming sensation, with the buzz of the keys under my fingers and the sound vibrating through the instrument. I really enjoyed meeting new people and making some new friends.
Even during my summer I was busy. Every day I was outside playing basketball or sports with my friends. My AAU team also played during the summer, so we were practicing and going to tournaments all over the country. Then, as we wound down our season, and prepared for school, I found my love for cross country. For cross training of basketball -- to stay in condition -- I started running. As I continued through the season, I found joy in running, and I was actually pretty good! All of my teammates were really connected; we were constantly supporting and cheering each other on. With flute, basketball, and cross country, my days were full of fun and made me extremely happy.
All of these activities are not just because I love them, which is true, but to ensure I can succeed in what I want to do in life. I want to attend a good athletic college, like Ohio State or Connecticut. I would like to go into a career in which I’m a sports analyst, like on ESPN. With my love for sports, and the ability to memorize notes or statistics quickly, I would like to continue down that road.
Playing basketball, running, and playing the flute helps me to have a positive mindset and enjoy myself. It keeps me from being bored, and lounging around; watching TV and eating junk-food. Having an active lifestyle also gives me self-confidence to tackle any challenge. My sports have also shown me that all tough times will eventually end. My activities have shown me that through hard work and determination, you can overcome any obstacles to become happy and healthy.