Kelly Shawler - Grade 9, Centerville High School
When Dreaming Becomes a Reality
William Shakespeare once said, “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” Many people often dream about the future, but do nothing more. In reality, they should be dreaming less, and doing more—taking action, and grabbing what they want to be able to succeed and live the life that they would like. I am lucky, because I have so many influences that are guiding me, and preparing myself for the future.
I was gifted a good life—no, a great life. All of my needs have been met and then some: a wonderful family, a beautiful house, a dog that adores me, and a great community. Clearly, I have a lot to be thankful for, but I also have a lot of expectations to exceed. I struggle with trying to surpass these expectations, but I believe that if I utilize the many tools and weapons that I have, I will live a great life. One of these tools is my family. You could never find a mother and a father that are more supporting with my education than my own. I am not only thankful for my parents; I am also thankful for my older twin brothers, who have made a path that I can so easily follow to help me not face the problems that they did. I have learned through their error in life. They are the two biggest role models in my life, and I owe most of my success so far, partially to them.
While family is one of my tools, I also have my experience playing sports like basketball and volleyball. Going on my seventh year of basketball, I have learned so many life skills that can be used for the rest of my life. Discipline, the ability to adjust the plan, and relentlessness are huge principles to basketball that also apply to life. In volleyball, I have been taught that passion is the key to success, trust, and awareness. The time that I have spent playing sports has been well worth it, because I am learning, and reinforcing so many skills every minute.
In the future, I see myself going to a big college, where the number of people you can meet are endless, and studying to become an engineer. There is still a lot of uncertainty going on about where I want to end up, other than being an engineer, but that is okay because I am still just a freshman, adjusting to her new school. Despite my uncertainty, I know that I would like to go to a college where it is not too easy to get accepted, and will be a challenge. So, I am trying to maintain good grades and surrounding myself with good people with similar values. There is a saying by J.W. Stephens: “Be the person your dog thinks you are.” In my opinion, if you are achieving this, you are living the good life.