edu180atl: will floyd 12.8.11
As a Sixth Grader, I learned a whole new meaning of strength.
It all started a week ago at the NYO championship game. As the whistle blew for the kickoff, I knew it was going to be a hard game. Well, everything went wrong for us, the Texans! The Jets kept scoring until the last minute: Jets 27, Texans 0.
As the final seconds ticked down, our defense stood together on the field, locked arms, and started to sway. It was instinct. No one told us to. By swaying, my team became more united than at any other time in the season. During that time, my team and I remembered the good times. At that moment, I became stronger by showing solidarity. I became a better teammate by cheering up my team. I became a better person by seeing past wins and losses.
True strength is
…staying with a team through ups and downs.
…giving your best effort when you know you can’t win.
…getting up when life knocks you down.
That night, I learned that it’s not about winning. It’s really about getting back up and showing strength. Life will sometimes knock us down. There will be times when I can’t dig myself out of a schoolwork pile, accidents when I break a bone, or regret after not being invited to a party. I’ll find strength in knowing that help is available, I can try a new way, or I can simply shake it off.
About the Author: Will is a 12 year old sixth grader at Trinity School. He is a football enthusiast and loves to create and build, and also work with teams. He loves to spend time coaching little kids in lacrosse.