Preparing for the ride

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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Editor’s note: Last fall, Alvord Middle School teacher Sonja Edwards began using “Inside the Frame” as a learning tool for her seventh grade English classes. As part of the new STAAR test, students are provided a photo, and they are expected to write a page describing it. Here’s the third and final sample of their work using Joe Duty’s photos.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“If you have no confidence in (yourself), you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started.”
– Marcus Garvey (1887-1940)

The high-strung cowboy fidgets at the thought of being surrounded by a vast crowd. All eyes stare at him, blind to his emotional roller coaster, as they ponder if he can make this ride. Imagine the pain he might receive if he is bucked off and trampled.

His chaps shake like leaves in the wind as the stressed wood works to hold his weight. Swallowed by nervousness, he feels the horse, too, is vexed. It seems to say, “I dare you to get on.”

Performing for others. Playing a game. Making others proud. When it’s the first time wondering if people will accept you and your abilities, you think you may not be good enough.

Anticipation! A wise man once said, “If you have butterflies, you are ready.” If you mess up, clear your mind and start again. Nervousness builds character; nervousness builds confidence. What’s going to happen will happen anyway. Make it worth your while.

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