Charlotte Cuff - Grade 8, Hadley E. Watts Middle School
A Foundation For The Future
It is important to lay a foundation for your future life. Many aspects contribute to a strong foundation. In my life, these are gymnastics, family, and faith. They teach me morals and how to go about my life. Later in life, I hope to have a creative, well-paying career to support my family. To do this, I will need a good education, commitment, and a ¨path to walk¨. These aspects lay the base I need to achieve a successful life.
Gymnastics has become a large part of my life, and I cannot imagine going without it. Along my journey with Tops Gymnastics, I have learned to take risks, be determined, persevere, be strong, set goals, and most importantly, work hard. These have, and will continuously have, a tremendous impact on who I am and will become. These qualities are necessary to get a good job and education. I must take risks to ensure I do not stay where I am. I must have determination and perseverance and set goals to achieve what will lead me to success. I must work hard and have strength in order to make sure I do not take the easy, less beneficial path. Gymnastics has had an immense impact on my work ethic and mentality, and therefore my future.
Personal relationships have also played a major role in my life. They have taught me morals such as “do good” and “be respectful”. I try to let these be examples in how I live. They encourage me when I am down or nervous and teach me life lessons. One of these tips my dad taught me is to compartmentalize, or set aside what does not need to be focused on currently, and focus on what needs to be done right then and there. My family has taught me concepts that are important for social skills and work ethic. Compartmentalization shall help me prioritize. The morals mentioned will help me socially, which is crucial for a good future.
My Church has shaped my life and mentality. My youth group has taught me compassion and trust while strengthening my faith in God. During youth group, our leader tries to make us “comfortable with being uncomfortable.” She tries to make us feel confident with talking to the group about what might be an uncomfortable subject. This process has taught me how to be trusting of people. My faith in God is strong, and I feel confident even when I am nervous because I trust He has a plan. These aspects will help me socially later in life, as I can not rely on myself forever.
All three outside influences have come into my life and have left an impact, and life would differ drastically without them. They taught me mental qualities that are important to success, such as morals, trust, and hard work. These are laying a strong foundation for my future and for these reasons I know I will be happy and successful.