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My Take On Football

My Take On Football

I hear about one thing all the time without understanding most of it. That thing is football. As a cross-country and track runner, I’ve never understood the appeal of playing football. Contact sports have never really been my thing; I’m not nearly aggressive enough. Besides, why willingly submit yourself to numerous injuries caused by other people when you could cause injury to yourself more easily? It just doesn’t make any sense to me. However, as I am a girl, my lack of any desire to play football competitively has not been a problem. But my dislike doesn’t stop there. I don’t even enjoy watching football. It just doesn’t interest me to watch boys in tight pants tackle each other or almost get into fights (not that I really go out of my way to watch other sports either). With this in mind, I was incredibly surprised to have had a good interaction playing football a few days ago.
Yesterday, my high school returned from retreat–three days in the beginning of every year designed to bring us closer together. The freshmen and sophomores go to one place while juniors and seniors go to another, which actually works out well. And I have to admit, it was pretty fun (despite the bed bugs that forced all the girls to move into different rooms), and I did grow closer to some people I didn’t start off knowing well at all. So, on that level, it was definitely a success.
Enough explanation, I’ll explain my miraculously good experience with football. On the second day of our get away, we (the juniors and seniors) had the chance to verse each other in flag football. Basically, the girls and boys from each grade verse each other while everyone else watches, creating some serious competition. This year the girls ended up going first, but, as very few of the girls in my class know how to play football, our guys had to step in as our coaches (which was sweet, but not overly helpful because there were a lot of them telling us different things to do and using foreign football terms without explaining them at all). Sadly, we (the juniors) ended up losing to our opponents (the seniors), but that was nothing unexpected. Thankfully, what we lacked in skill was made up by enjoyment. I acted as a substitute and had the most fun I’ve ever had in an activity with my classmates. As an added bonus, the flag football was actually pretty exciting (even though I did get slammed into rather hard by some of the senior girls).
Maybe I was wrong, and football isn’t so bad after all (though I’ll still probably never take any pleasure in watching other people play it).
End of book quote: “The kind that you’ve always known.” —Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin


A Different Perspective

A Different Perspective

People have always stereotyped each other. It’s not a particularly kind thing to do or an accurate way to measure an individual, but unfortunately it happens a lot.
The specific stereotype that has been bothering me recently is the doom and gloom outlook on the lives of all teenagers. Many find teenagers to be rude, unintelligent, unable to communicate well, and altogether well below the standards of previous generations. Personally, I am strongly against this stereotype.
My views are, as usual, rather strongly biased as I am a teenager myself, but I will state my thoughts anyways: I myself do not have a phone. I do not speak using texting terminology nor do I ever wish to. I love to write and read, and I take pleasure in overcoming challenges and difficulties. I am self-motivated and determined to do my best in everything I strive to accomplish even if I fail time and time again. I do not vandalize walls in my free time or anything else that falls into the same illegal sort of category. Basically, I feel that when I compare my activities with stereotypical teenage activities, I have found time and time again that they rarely match up.
The thing is, I’m not the only one who goes against the stereotypes. Most of my friends are nothing like your average teenager. They are smart, reasonable, and all around incredible people. I’ll admit, every now and then I’ll come across someone my age, and think they fit some of the stereotypes perfectly, but that is less common than most people expect.
One of the reasons I love cross-country and track meets so much is because I get to meet new people. Usually, I hate meeting strangers, but the runners I’ve been fortunate enough to get to know are unquestionably amazing. It doesn’t matter what kind of school they go to or how big their community is because almost everyone I’ve ever met at a meet has been fantastic.
I’m not saying that the stereotypes can’t be true. I’m just here to point out that, for the most part, teenagers do not fit into categories as well as most might believe.
“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.” —A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens