There are several sports that I really haven’t touched on yet this month. Unfortunately, there’s 30 days in April and there’s many many sports that I could talk about. However, I didn’t really want to talk about sports that I don’t know much about. So I just stuck to what I know the best which isn’t exactly a lot of different sports, just the main ones. I thought it’d be best to at least acknowledge these sports.
I think hockey is a really awesome sport. It’s one that definitely doesn’t get enough credit. I mean, what other sport has so much physical action? Basketball, football, and baseball don’t have the type of physical contact and the fouls are hardly ever called. Like one hockey player once said, hockey gives you a free nose job. Hockey does have it’s pretty big stars but only a few of them, much less than the main sports I’ve already mentioned frequently this month. But here is my much too short talk about hockey. I’m sorry I couldn’t talk about it longer, I’d just sound uneducated on the sport (because I am) so I’ll stop here!
One of the biggest sports in the world. It has a much bigger appreciation and following in other countries but I think it’s sort of catching on in the United States. The World Cup had such a high rating when it was on this summer. Pretty much everybody was suddenly a huge soccer fan but not so many people care during the actual season, but that’s typically how it goes. A lot of the most popular players aren’t actually American, but again, the World Cup gave some American soccer players attention like they’ve never seen before. Outside of the World Cup, there really isn’t much to say about the sport. I think the clubs and how they organize the teams can be a little more complicated than what I’d like for it to be. But it does deserve it’s special shout out since there are so many people who play the sport and also love watching it!
I love swimming for fun but it was never something that I was good enough to do as a sport. I think it can be a really fun sport to watch, especially during the Olympics. There’s also several different popular athletes I can name off the top of my head: Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Mark Spitz, etc. Okay, let’s be honest, Michael Phelps is easily the most popular but Ryan Lochte is pretty up there too. Lochte is most famous for his attitude and vibrant outspoken personality. Phelps is most famous for his incredible swimming and his weed smoking. There are also many talented women swimmers who deserve some recognition as well. Both men and women swimming teams were absolutely dominant for the United States in the Olympics back in 2014. It was a really fun time to watch and I can’t wait for 2018 for the next one.
Playing outside with your friends is a lot of what my childhood consisted of. It can be so much fun to still relive that fun every now and then and play those games with your friends! I’m a firm believer that you’re never too old for any of these outdoor games.
Playing kickball outside was one of my favorite things in elementary school. I was by far the least athletic but it’s still fun to play a game with all your closest friends.
2. Four Square
This game isn’t physical so it was perfect for my awkward and non athletic self. It was such a fun game to play while on the playground in elementary school and middle school. What I love about four square is that you’re never too old to play it.
3. Jumping rope
This isn’t a sport but it’s definitely a workout. This was one of my favorite activities on the playground because it was one of the only ones I was actually good at. Jumping rope is also the most fun when you do it with other people. Double dutch is by far more challenging but it’s also just a fun way to get involved with your friends and do something productive.
Playing pickup games of basketball with your friends is one of the best bonding activities in my book. I think this one is so great because you never grow out of it. There are guys that are still forty years old and they play pickup games with their buddies as a way to get some exercise and also some interaction with your best friends. It’s fun because there’s not a bunch of rules, you just play the game you love with little interruptions.
5. Ultimate Frisbee
Some people might automatically think this is lame but it’s also an active sport that involves lots of movement. I think it’s a fun use of your time. Plus you do have to be at least a little bit coordinated and athletic. But if you’re not, that’s not a big deal. The game was meant for all people and this is one that I personally think is one that everyone should play once or twice every once in awhile with their friends.
What makes a good athlete? Well, that right there is the million dollar question. I don’t really have one simple and straight forward answer to that question. Here are some qualities that I personally believe are important. Take my opinion with a grain of salt. What I think may not be similar to what others say at all.
1. Team player
A good athlete makes choices based on the good of his whole team. They do whatever needs to be done with little to no complaints.
2. Being a leader
If you want to be a star athlete, you need to have the gift of leading. This is one of those things that you pretty much have or you don’t have it. Yes, you can work on becoming a stronger leader. But you have that natural talent of leading, you just become more mature with time.
You need to be beyond dedicated to your sport. You want to get continually better. You also desire playing your sport of choice pretty much all the time. You can’t just play it sometimes, there has to be a high level of dedication to it.
4. You have to love it
This is basically a given, if you don’t love something, you’re probably not going to be very good at it. This is mostly due to the fact that you will most likely dread playing the sport so loving it is a big factor in how good you will potentially be.
5. You have to balance fun and serious
Having fun with your sport of choice is important. If you take the sport too seriously, it becomes less of something that you look forward to. However, you have to take your sport seriously and not as if it’s completely a joke. So there’s got to be a balance which can be a hard thing to do. But I think if you take all of those above qualities, then you also will have some ability to balance both fun and serious.
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As I stated in my post earlier this month, Americans often take advantage of having an education since it’s always been there, no one has ever prevented them from dong it. Now, I wanted to take a moment to talk about why so many students dread school and the education system in general.
There’s a lot of reasons why so many students all around America despise education. Partly because students feel as if teachers just don’t care about their education, they just want to get paid. I think this certainly isn’t true about every teacher. Some teachers deeply care for their students and want them to continue receiving a quality education. Sometimes, it just happens to be that the student believes the lie that school doesn’t matter. Being a well-educated person is extremely important and will allow much more job opportunities as well as other advantages.
Many students do care about receiving an education, it’s the school system that bothers them. This then causes students to just shut down and believe that what they learn isn’t all that important. This isn’t true, as I already talked about, kids in other parts of the world risk their life just to go to school everyday. While the American school system has it’s obvious flaws, at least we have schools that we can safely attend.
It’s a big deal to appreciate the school system that we have. I think that just because you have bad experiences with the school you attend, doesn’t mean you should care less about learning. If anything, you should care more about diving deeper and discovering things that you don’t know due to whatever reason it may be. I’m not sure if schools will ever fix the problem of having some teachers that could care less about anything other than a paycheck. Unfortunately, it’s just something that students have to learn to adjust to. There’s a lot of learning left to do and we shouldn’t forget that.
Unconditional love can be a tricky thing. The biggest reason this is such a problem is because love in general can be hard to define. When do you know whether or not love is bound to last? Sometimes love changes for reasons we don’t quite understand. That’s part of life, but there is such a thing as unconditional love. No matter what you say or do, these select people are going to love and support you no matter what.
The best example I can think of is the love a parent has for their children. I know for me, no matter what anyone tells my parents about whatever awful things I’ve said or done, my parents would still love me the same. This is what unconditional love is, it’s everlasting and yes, that’s an exceedingly rare type of love but it still exists. I consider myself lucky to have this type of love in my life. What I’ve experienced firsthand based on my own parents is that the love a parent has for their child is unexplainable. They created you, brought you into this world, and so they think very highly of you. But above all, they just want the best for you. I know that not everyone is as lucky as I am and that saddens me. I think everyone should experience this type of love.
Another way to experience is with your partner. I know a lot of relationships that you feel may be lasting just turn out to be temporary. However, I still personally believe that unconditional love can last between our partners. Maybe it can even last in what we feel for our siblings or simply our closest friends. Loving someone forever no matter what happens between you seems impossible at times. But I don’t believe that it is impossible, I think we can all feel that way if we let ourselves.