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作者:Trofim Godochkin, 11年级
最初, my plan was to come here and give everyone the basic speech about life, 走出你的舒适区, 尝试新事物. 然而,我和Mr. 范·戴克改变了我的想法,我重写了我的演讲. What him and I talked about was not always taking the easy way out.
When I look back at my old prefect speech it wasn’t bad, it was just very basic. 我的演讲中有一个方面给我留下了深刻的印象. It was that people tend to choose the easy option because it’s more comfortable. 我想了一会儿,然后突然想到了. 这正是我在演讲中要做的. I was about to choose the easiest option and talk about how we should not do that. 当我意识到这一点时,我笑了.
除此之外,我想分享一个故事. 你们很多人都知道, 周三有一场预备男子曲棍球比赛, 4月19日对阵圣安妮学院. It was a very important game because if we won, we would win the series 2-0 and be in the finals. 然而, if we lost, we would have to play them again to determine the winner of the series. 我们最后输掉了第二场比赛,被迫打了第三场. It was a tough loss especially when I was the one who had the game on my stick.
It was the last minute of the game, and we were down by one goal. 很自然,我们把守门员拉了出来. 一切都很顺利,我们有控球权. Suddenly, Charles Beland had the puck on his stick and gave me a beautiful pass. 我把网都打开了,但我错过了. Shortly after, we got scored on and ended up losing the game 1-3. In that moment, I had decided between the easy option or the hard one.
回来 when I was in grade 8, I would definitely pick the easy option. Which would be blaming it on someone else, breaking my stick or be mad for the next 5 days. 然而, this time I decided to focus on what I could control because it would be too easy to blame it on something else or break my stick. 相反,我承担了责任,专注于下一场比赛.
By choosing the thing that is difficult you are pushing yourself to be a better person. 所以,下次你有选择的时候,你会怎么做?