Nothing in Life is Free
Miranda Lambert said it best when she said, "'Cause when everything is handed to you, it's all only worth as much as the time you put in."
I was real young when I first learned that to receive anything I had to work for it; I had to put in long hours before I could accomplish even the simplest of awards. In modern day society, people get participation awards and they don't understand what it is like to put in 110% effort into something.
Looking back, I wasn't thrilled about the idea of overworking myself but now I wouldn't trade it for the world.
I wouldn't trade having to go through the trial and error process several times to find a way that worked best. I wouldn't trade making mistakes for having everything work perfectly the first time. I wouldn't trade the feeling of a smile on my face as I wiped away sweat because I worked so hard to accomplish something. I wouldn't trade the moment of being recognized for my hard work that finally paid off. Sure, when things go absolutely wonderful it is great, but in the end, if you don't have to work through the hard times then what are you really accomplishing?
I mean honestly, life isn't easy. Life isn't going to ever be easy so why do we expect things to always go smoothly? Life hands us challenges to work through so why do we expect to be handed awards without effort through sports and extracurricular activities?
Why do we get disappointed when we have been overlooked because we haven't put as much effort into it as someone else?
Why do we think awards for participation are a good thing? Why do we encourage little to no work to receive an award? What are we teaching kids- that it is okay to not put in much effort? Why is this a thing?
Time and time again I have watched today's youth not understand what work is. In my family's household, we solely believe in earning what you want. We believe in early mornings and late nights. We believe in getting down and dirty to get what we want.
I've never believed in being handed something that I didn't work for. I've used failures as learning curves to work harder and I've used accomplishments as motivation to keep working hard. I've learned more about my work ethic and dedication by having to work for the awards that I have received. I've watched myself put my heart and soul into something to succeed and honestly I wouldn't change any of it.
I wouldn't trade the hard work for anything because it honestly has made me who I am today.