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My Brothers and Me

November 7, 2014
By Larkin SILVER, Santa Rosa, California
Larkin SILVER, Santa Rosa, California
9 articles 0 photos 39 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Our remedies oft in ourself do lie, which we ascribe to heaven."
-William Shakespeare

     Having two brothers has its merits, and its drawbacks. When I was younger, I usually thought only of the drawbacks, but lately I have realized how much my two brothers have truly changed my life. There are some things that are completely obvious: They’re my brothers. I live with them. Living with other people changes your life. But there’s always more to it than that. I didn’t always make it a point to participate in games they were playing; I restricted myself by thinking myself into a narrow box- I could never play football, because I would get tackled. I would never play soccer because I would get kicked. I would never play baseball, because it’s boring. That really never changed much. I used to always look up to my older brother as a brave person.  My younger brother was still yet to see. I never considered myself brave. But that’s where competition comes in.
     I have loved competing for as long as I can remember. I hate the feeling of getting beaten, I love exulting in my victories. And so I started playing with my brothers. I still have some reserves about throwing myself wholeheartedly to the ground, but not many. My competitiveness kept me thinking If they can do this, I can do this. So I started doing things. And hard things became easier to do, and I became less of a follower as a peer in an adventure. Not the last person to jump, but the first. And along with this came the pleasant feeling of:  Hey. People might be following me now.
     Gone were the days when I only did something after continuous “Come on.” Now I’m often doing the same thing to my younger brother. I guess that’s a part of life- being the follower first, before eventually becoming the leader. I, for one, know that competing with my brothers has turned me into a much more reckless and adventurous person; a girl who loves to get sweaty and muddy, scratched up and scarred, and is overall open to doing almost anything. In short, a girl who is brave.
     I value competition hugely in my life. I compete with my brothers in sports and games. I compete with my classmates in everything. And I compete with myself, just to become the best person I possibly can.
     Competition often has a negative connotation. People are under the impression that competition brings out more of the bully aspects in an individual. And while this may be true for some people, I find that competition gives me more of a way to put myself out there. It’s more of a tool to becoming successful than an excuse.
     The original spark of competition has altered my life in so many ways. I used to think that competition was for the brave; the ones willing to put themselves at risk. But now I’ve realized that I wasn’t brave when I started competing. Competition has made me brave.
     And now, because I was always taught that one should end an essay or speech with a Call to Action, I am now going to call you all to some sort of action. And here is is:
     Some of you might already consider yourselves brave. But there are many different ways of being it, and I’m sure you are not all of them. So find something inside yourself to bring out the brave in you. Find your way of becoming a leader for at least one day of your life. Find your way to be brave.

The author's comments:

At my school, each eighth grader has a chance to "host" one of our weekly assemblies. We are askd to write about something in our lives that we value, love, or simply are just really gratefull for. This was my speech; it was never meant to be read, only listened to, so please forgive me if it's a bit clunky to read. 

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This article has 7 comments.

Larkin SILVER said...
on Feb. 19 2015 at 12:47 pm
Larkin SILVER, Santa Rosa, California
9 articles 0 photos 39 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Our remedies oft in ourself do lie, which we ascribe to heaven."
-William Shakespeare

Thanks so much!

Beila BRONZE said...
on Feb. 19 2015 at 8:54 am
Beila BRONZE, Palo Alto, California
3 articles 0 photos 516 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." -Mark Twain

I loved the call to action! It's a great idea! As the oldest of five siblings, I really enjoyed reading about your experience. I am one of four girls (one poor boy stuck in the middle!) and I always love it when I catch one of my younger sisters to a still younger kid in the exact same tone of voice she always calls me out on! Siblings are an incredible thing, and you definitely got it right: the older you get, the more you understand how much they mean to you.

on Jan. 24 2015 at 9:19 pm
CaseyChickenWang SILVER, McDonough,
7 articles 2 photos 89 comments

Favorite Quote:
"No one likes half-jinglers! Jingle all the way!" - Shelley McNeight
"You don't get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate." - GSUMUN

Wow I love this! I have a brother as well so I know how you feel. It's very touching that you chose to write about them :)

on Jan. 19 2015 at 8:10 pm
Ray--yo PLATINUM, Kathmandu, Other
43 articles 2 photos 581 comments

Favorite Quote:
God Makes No Mistakes. (Gaga?)
"I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right." -Liesel Meminger via Markus Zusac, "The Book Thief"

Well said! I can relate to how being competitive can make one brave.

on Dec. 3 2014 at 6:10 pm
Stella_Val_Illicia GOLD, Salt Lake City, Utah
13 articles 0 photos 247 comments

Favorite Quote:
"In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people angry and been widely regarded as a bad idea."
--Douglas Adams

This is definitely a great speech to give to a school. I think a lot of people are under the impression that girls are weak, but also the impression that girls choose to be weak. You've really spoken to the feminist in me, but also the person who wants girls, instead of just taking it all in stride, to really get out there and participate and show the world that we're just as adventurous. It's a great speech, and it must have been quite an adventure growing up with two brothers :)

Larkin SILVER said...
on Nov. 18 2014 at 9:58 pm
Larkin SILVER, Santa Rosa, California
9 articles 0 photos 39 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Our remedies oft in ourself do lie, which we ascribe to heaven."
-William Shakespeare

Thanks so much for your feedback! :)

on Nov. 17 2014 at 7:09 pm
CNBono17 SILVER, Rural, South Carolina
5 articles 0 photos 248 comments

Favorite Quote:
Lego ergo sum (Latin—I read, therefore, I am)
The pen is mightier than the sword—unknown
Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity—1 Timothy 4:12

You wrote this as a speech? I'm impressed. And I can totally understand how siblings can change you; I have four of them. You're a fantastic writer, and you do an excellent job of getting your message across. I'll bet this speech had a great reception. Nice work, and keep it up:)