Strength in Sacrifice
Author Veronica states in her book Divergent “There is power in self-sacrifice.’’ This quotation is what I work towards every day and what I want to inspire others to do. I enjoy hearing stories about people who have lent someone a helping hand during a tough time, or even someone that has been lifted by another out of obscurity. Although it took a couple of encounters to make me realize others are as important as I am, I realize that two words that describe me are strong and selfless.
There are two different types of strength in this world, physical and metal. I have physical strength because I was able to finish fourteen full seasons of football with no major injuries to my body. This is not something all athletes can say, especially the football players due to football being first on the list of most dangerous sports. Being able to have that physical strength is a complete blessing. For example, I have a good friend of mine named Kejuan. I have known this guy for a long time. We played little league football against each other growing up and went to all the same schools. He was the type of guy that devoted himself to the weight room and all the speed training needed to succeed in football. One day we were playing against Timberview High, and Kejuan got his first snap of the game. That first play was also the last football play of his career. He received a hit head to head that altered his spinal cord in a way that if he was ever hit hard again his life would be gone.
Outside of my sport a different type of strength is necessary, which is being strong for others. Being strong for others involves more than scolding after a mistake or even praising after an accomplishment. It’s about listening, being unbiased, and helping to make rational decisions. My best friend went through a tough stretch of arguments with his father. They had several fights that got very ugly. We eventually sat down and resolved the situation by us a sitting...