Christopher Rau - Grade 8, Hadley E. Watts Middle School
Preparation and determination
Preparation, determination, discipline, respect, perseverance, character, strength, and compassion. These are all traits that young people should possess. I try to live my life to these standards. This along with other things help build a foundation for my life.
I am very lucky to have parents that support me in anything that I do or any decision I make. Not all people have that privilege. I am also very blessed with athleticism. I am also very fortunate to have deep roots in faith. Being a devoted wrestler, I learn many life lessons and create lifelong bonds. I think that wrestling is the best sport to prepare you for life, like Dan Gable said ¨Once you've wrestled, everything else in life is easy.” I think this quote is true because the sport of wrestling requires all of the traits for a great and successful life. For example, wrestling takes self discipline and a good work ethic. It also requires a big heart and sharp mind. The entire wrestling community is very loving and caring, but does not cuddle you. This is important because in life people are going to be harsh, and wrestling helps introduce you to the harsh reality of life at an early age. This sport is also very physically demanding, which requires you to be in the best possible shape if you want to win. Another aspect of this sport is its competitiveness. I personally love this part of wrestling. If you don't know, there are such things as wrestle-off’s; these are simulated matches that chose who is going to represent the team at that weight in the next meet. These add a level of competition that all teens (including me) strive for. And last but not least, wrestling teaches you how to lose. It does not teach you how to be a sore loser, it teaches you how to handle the guilt losing brings. I think it is pivotal for children to feel what it's like to lose. Overall, I think that by dedicating myself to wrestling is laying a foundation for my life and will lead me down the right path.
Another big part in my life is faith. I am a Christian and attend a kind of religious education that prepare for confirmation. By being confirmed, you are considered an adult in the church. The high school I choose is going to prepare me in the long road because it includes athletics, faith, and education all in one place. This decision will help recognize the goodness in my life and create a sort of community that will last a lifetime.