Mrs.. Susan MatthewReasons of LifeThroughout my life thus far, I have ultimately learned from experience that everything happens for a reason, a sole reason that has shaped my Journey to contribute to my greater-good. This reason is intuitive, not to be specifically named but to be subconsciously present within the unlimited boundaries of my mind. Recently, I have faced the most defining moment in my entire life, and the early process of reasoning for this event is left for me to belabor.
Early in middle school, I ad not gained knowledge of my self-actualization and my abilities as an independent individual-?I often allowed my peers to influence my decisions and thinking. Despite this, I came from quite the musically-inclined family, resulting in many successes in the school band. After my years of being awarded, respected, and admired by my band director in middle school, she was steered to nominate me to the National Young Leaders State Conference (NYLONS and my finding to attend this conference on leadership has unquestionably changed my life.In the subsequent air of years, while experiencing these conferences, continuing my musical success, and joining the football team, I improved almost every aspect of my life as a student- athlete: my grades, attitude, leadership, and my ambition-?just to name a few. My father was a leading factor in my decisions and my growth as a person as well as my band director. I returned to NYLONS for three more times, each time improving at being…
Me. These conferences were a four-day-stay at a hotel with seminars, lessons, and the accompaniment of other students from around the region, all learning about adhering.Meeting these other students allowed me to have an understanding of the regional diversity of people and society. I was learning more about myself, who I was as an Individual, and my place in the world. After attending three conferences and being considered a distinguished alumnus to NYLONS, I was selected to be Invited to the Presidential Inaugural Conference of 2013. I was stoked. Without a doubt, I accepted such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, knowing that I would remember that experience for the rest of my life.As I recall, it truly was such an unforgettable and liberating experience.
Not only did these conferences contribute to my knowledge of myself and being a leader, I also used it to succeed in football. In the beginning of my high school career, I established myself as an average, high school football kicker-?still in the band, splitting time with these two conflicting activities, but I still succeeded in both. My father did not have the knowledge to instruct me how to kick a football, so he found someone who could and paid lavish amounts to send me to the best-?Ray Guy.
He is considered the best punter ever to play reflections football, and his football camps also contributed to my personal growth as an Individual. I discovered who I was and still who I am today. I had such a passion for place-cackling and punting In American football. I played my freshman and my passion, music still had a place in my heart; they were both a part of me. All of these experiences have given me my own purpose, my self-worth, and I was clear about what I wanted to do with my life.I entered my Junior year at the uppermost point of my life, expecting a successful year as the starting varsity kicker and the rumple section leader in the band.
This brings me to the most defining moment and straightforwardly the most difficult obstacle that I ever had to struggle with. On August 16th, 2013, I was violently hit at football practice while kicking a field goal, as the defender attempted to block my kick. After the impact, while landing over myself, I felt a straining wrench in the knee that my upper body had landed on top of.The only way I could describe the feeling is that of a quick rip when separating a tough slice of beef Jerky, except it wasn’t beef Jerky.
It all happened extremely fast, and as I tried to get up I knew something was wrong, very wrong. My body went into complete shock and that is when the pain registered. I knew it wasn’t good. I was suddenly struck with a sense of disbelief and anguish-?I was permanently destroyed, it seemed. The injury was so severe that the doctors told me they only see this degree of damage maybe once a year.
I tore my anterior excruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament, and meniscus of my right knee.It required reconstructive surgery which as successful, and I was blessed with the perfect and ideal physical therapist who currently works with me to fully recover in efforts to return to play. I knew that everything that happened to me throughout the progression of my life had some significance to my being. I accepted my injury and made a promise to myself that I would come back stronger-?I had to-?because I knew that everything happens for a reason. The reason though, is that of life-?it’s indefinite.
Only you are in control of your own reasoning and way of living.My recovery is currently going well so far; I expect to play for my senior year and continue my passion for sports. I wish to continue my success as a unique and ambitious person so that I can one day aid others to do the same. While enduring this arduous setback, I had the privilege to have a phone-call with NFG Saint’s Placekicked, Garrett Hartley.
He encouraged me not to give up, and he even sent me an autographed football, which now is set on my trophy shelf, reading: “Ben; Stay Strong, Stay Positive, Stay Focused. ” If my house ever catches fire, that football is the first thing I’m saving.