Try, Try Again! Essay, Research Paper
Bedraggled, disheartened and blanketed with mud, I sat on the sidewalk blubbering while the tears
dripped down my knee. As I watched the salty droplets trickle down my dingy leg and meld with the
crimson driblets oozing from my ragged shins, I felt a certain overwhelming feeling of helplessness, of
defeat. After a comfortable amount of time was spent wallowing in self-pity, my relentless attitude
proficiently mustered the nerve to get back on my very first bicycle and give it another try. I was on my
way to conquer one of my first aquaintences with adversity.
” Excellence and success is not achieved in perfection but in knowing you tried your best.” This is
definitely the most powerful virtue that I?ve cultivated throughout the years.From learning to walk to
learning to drive and all the obstacles that I faced in between I was always able to employ this adage and
trust that belief in it would get me through whatever challenge I faced. As an innocent, radiant slip of a
girl I embarked on my first steps of life. I fell, and fell again until my bottom was bruised , I?m sure.
Nonetheless, I never gave up, and was up and running around in no time! I was ready for bigger and
better things. Before long it was time for school. This, by far, has been the most challenging endeavor
midst the years. No matter what I always gave it my all and managed to remain a high honors student
throughout a majority of my academic career until I was faced with an even larger task…highschool.
With problems developing in the family I became incredibly withdrawn and unfotunately, indifferent. By
my junior year I was feeling so overwhelmed that ,in essense , I surrendured to failure. I barely had the
ambition to go to school let alone do well in my classes. I was accepting defeat and very low grades at
that. Then, one day, a teacher said something to me that evoked thought, a second look at my situation.
While staying after school, my english teacher said, ?Jessica, you?re a very intelligent girl, and you have
the ability to achieve much higher grades, but you aren?t trying which is sad because there are kids that
try so hard and can?t earn the grades that you?re so capable of. ? I went home and I thought long and
hard about what she?d said. I was forgetting the very value that was the foundation of anything I had ever
surmounted any achievment I had ever made. I was trying, therefor I wasn?t achieving. After this my
grades gradually began to raise jsut in time to allow me to pass for the year. Now, the new obstacles of
my senior year and college lay ahead and I am ready to give it all I?ve got while I eagerly embark on my
adventure to a successful future!
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