Do you have a dream that you had since you were younger? Well if you do this story is very interesting. The story that I picked was “Is it Ever Too Late to Pursue a Dream?” This story was interesting because as teenagers lots of us have dreams that we have had since we were younger and lots of those dreams we still have.
There was a quote from the story that said: “If I’m not talented enough, I can live with that, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to put the effort to be the best player that I can be.”(4) I really like this because sometimes we give up on our dreams because we think that we can do it and so it makes us think that we can do it. If more of us thought this way, lots of our dreams would/ could have come true but lots of us don’t think that way. Lots of the people on the team were very happy and supportive of him but there was one person who at first didn’t like him. He thought he was too old to be playing with a college team, but even though there was that negativity, Stoddard never gave up and continued to push himself. When people discourage us or don’t agree with us, lots of people will give up because someone didn’t like what they were doing, but if more people had the courage to stand up for what they want and not get put down after one person says something negative about what they are doing then lots more people would have accomplished many of their dreams.
In one paragraph he’s talking about how lots of people say age is just a number, his words to this are “So what if it happened at forty-two? Who gives a shit. I’ve always said age is a number, but that’s bullshit. We all know it’s old, especially when it comes to basketball.” (14) lots of people need to notice that even though he’s forty-one and that’s getting old anyone can still do whatever they want when they are getting older. So that means if someone is forty-five and wants to play volleyball go for it. No one is stopping you, people might discourage you but if you let it go through one ear then out the other it won’t stop you from doing what you want. When I am forty-one I hope that I am still doing the things I love to do and I’m not letting anyone stop me from doing what I love to do.
I picked this story because when I was younger I did things that no other seven-year-old did. When I was seven and the typhoon hit the Philippines I felt the need to help those people who lost many things. So I told my mom what I wanted to do. I came up with the idea to do a supper and have a talent show. I raised 36,00 dollars and I sent it all away to the Red Cross to help everyone in the Philippines. When I was planning it, I had many people who were saying that a seven-year-old couldn’t do things like that but when people would say things like that then it just made me push harder to do it. On the day that I had it, the weather wasn’t the best, it was raining and storming outside but I still had a good turnout and lots of people showed up. I was so happy when I proved all of those people who said I couldn’t do it wrong and lots of those people came and talked to me and admitted that they were wrong. So where I am going with this is that even when people told me that I couldn’t do something, it made me push harder so then I could prove all of those people wrong. This is like what Stoddard said because he never gave up and people’s discouragement just made him work harder to achieve this goal.
In conclusion, the reason why I liked this story is that Stoddard never gave up and he pushed himself so that he could prove everybody wrong. This relates to me and I told my story about when I was seven and how people said that a seven-year-old couldn’t have wanted to do this but those comments were just encouragement. I related to this story because of how he pushed himself to do what he wanted and didn’t let anyone stop him from pursuing his dreams. That is why I chose “Is It Ever too Late to Pursue a Dream?” Has anyone ever told you that you couldn’t do something and then you ended up proving them wrong?