The Dark Side

Like all of us, I have shortcoming I like to ignore. I’m proud to say I haven’t done anything drastic; I have done my best to be an upstanding citizen.

I hide many things from my parents. I’m not sure why I do it, if I would have to guess, I think it would be because I’m not proud of my life. If my parents come to the same consensus, I would be unable to handle the anger, the disappointment.

I procrastinate finishing my homework with the best of them. Completing homework is a task I usually accomplish close to midnight the day before it’s due. Facebook or YouTube are not the cause. I rarely check Facebook anymore; the knowledge I gain of my peers is not worth more than three minutes of my day.

Sports have become idolized; I hate it. While sports do have positive consequences, youth choose to devote the majority of their life to their respective sport. Whether it’s by staying out late or waking up early, which entails less sleep. Having less than the recommended amount of sleep is hazardous to long term health. Also, youth tend to justify getting worse grades by excelling in sports. Many parents not only promote this, but push their kid to be the best football player in there word. Not only is this an unrealistic goal, but teaches kids that entertainment and fun is first.

I don’t like to admit this, but it’s true. I put effort into very few things. That includes sports. I have been competing in my sport for about seven years now. And I just competed in a national competition, for which I practiced three times in the last month for. I still managed to get ninth place, but I feel that I didn’t even deserve that. It’s not entirely due to my choice. I have started working to afford going to competitions and better equipment, and that drains my time and me mentally.

One thing I have felt bad about is completing chores. I haven’t done much more than make beds and mow the lawn in years. My mom is forced to do them herself because of my neglect. I fear that all this and large amount of stress recently isn’t going well for her.

We all have our faults and shortcomings, we are human after all. But it is getting past the negative, the journey and growth for which I thrive and excel.

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7 thoughts on “The Dark Side

  1. Aye dude (I’m just gonna call you that since I have no idea who you are??). I totally agree with everything you’re saying. As a regular-procrastinator myself (*flips hair* It’s not a habit. It’s a lifestyle), I often struggle with homework and piano and violin and just like everything in life in general. /sighs I can also relate to the whole “not-doing-chores” section. My family is very grades-focused, and all my mom wants me to do is study and get into an Ivy League school. This is great and all, but I’ve noticed that I lack a whoooole bunch of skills that most people have (*coughdoinglaundry??cough*). I really liked your last sentence. Even after a lot of negative discussion of your flaws, you still mention how it’s the journey and growth that matter. Even though everyone has flaws, everyone has the opportunity to move past them and better themselves as people. A plus work, man. Keep it up.

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  2. Remember that sports promote ideals such as discipline and character development in an effectively obscure manner. Compromising a bit of sleep each week is easily trumped by the things I learn, and how I can apply these things to my life. Although, in my sport, the things we learn are most immediately and directly applied to the current task, I strive to see how walking around in lines has an incredibly patient effect on life in general. Don’t dis sports.

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  3. I also procrastinate, especially on homework. Where do you think this stems from. Do you think that its just human nature for people to be lazy , and/or is it because we strain ourselves so much in the day that we just try to get a break for a second? Also do you believe sports in general are bad for kids? I see your point on how sometimes sports can be prioritized over seemingly more important things such as school; however, I believe sports teach kids many valuable lessons that can only be taught through sports.

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  4. Oh I totally feel you on the ignoring and procrastination. Like if I feel that it is not relevant to me or there is nothing in it for me, I will totally ignore someone whole-heartely. I don’t care how it makes the other person feel I literally just don’t care. Oh and procrastination is very real in my life as well. I procrastinate chores, homework, studying, and sometimes even getting up on the morning. Don’t worry, you’re not alone with your flaws. And by the looks of the other comments, I’m also not the only one.

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