Monday, August 29, 2011

PLN 2 What Matters to Me

What Matters to Me
In my life, there are certain people, activities, and beliefs that are very important to me. Specifically, the things are very close to me; I couldn’t live without them.
The first thing that matters to me is my extended family. While I don’t see them that much, when I do, it is one of my favorite things ever. I love to go to my cousin’s lake house with my family and just spend time with my family on an amazing lake. At this lake, I have learned many skills, but more importantly, I have learned so many amazing lessons. One of these lessons is being able to take advantage of the time you have with the people you love. I learned this because my grandma died when I was in second grade. I did not no her well because I was pretty young at the time. I wish I had talked to her more because she was a really neat person. I still miss her.

Sports matter to me because they really help me in so many ways. Sports help me prepare better for school, help me stay strong and healthy, and supply me with tons of competition. This may sound weird, but I love being able to compete and win in all sorts of things. I am very serious when it comes to sports and will always give 110 percent. Sports keep me engaged in school because if I don’t get my homework done, I will not be able to go to practice. By the way, I haven’t missed a practice in over two years. Participating in sports is a privilege and I take the opportunity very seriously.

My dog matters to me. Ask anyone and they will tell you that my dog is crazy. Even though he is crazy, he brings joy to my life. Chief is a mixed breed, half Boston Terrier and half Beagle. He’s still a crazy puppy, but I love him unconditionally. He is very affectionate, jumpy puppy, but for the most part, everyone likes him.

My faith matters to me. My family goes to church every Sunday. It is a great way to wrap up the week and start with a clean state. My church is very teen-oriented and it is really cool to be able to interact with kids your age who believe in the same thing. Our priest is a great leader and speaker and is very easy to follow. He relates his weekly homilies to everyday life and really helps us become more mature and better young adults.

My sisters matter to me. Over the last couple years, my sisters and I have become much closer. We can talk about anything and we try to help each other out by sharing experiences and advice. It is really different now that Ally, my older sister, is now in college. It’s just me and Lindsay at home. We really miss Ally. Though this is very tough, I now that it is a step in the right direction for Ally and the whole family.

Education matters to me. I sometimes take my education for granted. I know this is wrong, but I am actually very grateful for my opportunity at education. Young people are the key to the future and the key to young people is education. I believe every person has the right to a free education and the chance for a better future. America is built on this belief.

My parents matter to me. My parents are amazing people. They know just when you need a hug, a lecture, and a laugh. My parents have taught me so many valuable life lessons. I don’t know how I could ever begin to repay them. My dad has taught me how to be a real man. This involves being respectful, courteous, and generous, According to my dad, it’s important to always be a gentleman because that’s what people expect from you. My mom has taught me how to love unconditionally and how to forgive. My mom is one of the nicest human beings you will ever meet. She is always open to talk to, to lean on, and most importantly, she is always willing to listen. My mom will listen to you talk about your problems without chiming in to provide a solution -- unless I ask for one. Like my mom, my dad will always be there for me through thick and thin. He will stay strong for you when really he is the one that needs someone to lean on. My father gives and gives and gives and in never once does he ask for anything in return. My parents are amazing people and deserve an award of some sort. They are there for you through it all and will never give up on us or each other.

All of these things matter to me because without them, I would be such a different person. These things make my life better and easier. Without them, I would have an empty void in my soul.

1 comment:

  1. Lou- I am truly impressed with your ideas and writing. You have such a nice way of organizing your thoughts collectively to make your entire post flow. I want to challenge you to work on your word choice. Find unique words to substitute for others that are more common; before you know it, you will have a whole new set of vocabulary words. Keep up the great work. I love the collage!