American Films and Life

Topics: English-language films, American films, If You Have to Ask Pages: 2 (887 words) Published: September 30, 2013

One quote that I found only recently, yet is now of my favorite quotes to live by is, “The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.” – Albert Ellis. To me this quote means that you are happiest once you realize that you are in control of your own future. If you have a problem, you have to deal with it yourself; you can’t blame it on anyone else but yourself. If you keep putting other people at fault for your own issues, you’ll never find a true resolution to the problem. I support this quote because many experiences I’ve gone through in my own life can relate to it.

My first experience that I chose to support the quote deals with my favorite sport, irish dance. After dancing for close to 10 years, I have experienced this situation many times. Irish dancing is a very competitive sport, that really takes a toll on you both physically and emotionally. I know myself and many other dancers have gotten to points where we question why we still even do the sport. We get frustrated and can't even remember why we love dancing so much. I remember towards the end of last year I had one of these attitudes. Regionals was in November and I hadn’t done as well as I had wanted to. I really hadn’t put in enough effort and practice leading up to regionals. Even though I knew deep down it was really my own fault, I made excuses for myself and blamed my failure on everything but myself. I blamed my teacher for not preparing me enough. I blamed the judges for not judging correctly and I blamed about everything else I could except for me. Eventually, I had come to terms that it was my own fault, nobody else’s. Once I recognized this, I lost my bad attitude and started fresh. I now was going to put in the necessary effort to rank where I wanted to be. I realized that I was the only one who was able to make a difference in...
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