When I was in 6th grade I was going to try out for my travel basketball team. In basketball I'm a dominant lefty and I knew I had to work on my right hand to make the team. Every day after school for about a month I kept shooting right handed lay ups in my driveway. All my hard worked had payed off and I had made the team.
This video inspired me to work as hard as possible. The quote from the video that sticks with me "If you want to succeed as bad as you want to breath, than you'll be successful". This quote really motivate to work extremely hard on everything I do. You have to want IT bad. It being the goal you are trying to accomplish, wether it's being a professional sports player or a doctor, work hard.
I have recently started reading the classic The Old Man and the Sea. I'm not too far into the story but there has been many things I've liked about it so far. The thing I like the most about this story is how relatable it is to me. The story is about a man named Santiago who has gone eighty days without catching a single fish. First off I like to fish, Secondly there was a time where I went fishing about 30+ days without catching a single fish. I also really like the way this book is written. It's very easy to read but stuffed with vividly detail. The author truly paints a picture into your head. After 35 pages I can tell I'm going to like this book
Life is an adventure in itself. In the book, The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer, written by Mark Twain, Tom seeks an Adventure at every stop in his life. Toms friends grow as people and create a stronger friendship with their adventures. Tom, Huck and Joe are very different but it's their same love of adventures is the reason their friends. In Chapter 25, Tom and Huck leave their life behind them in search for treasure. The two companions leave that day and search near the dead limbed tree. That afternoon, the boys dig in a number of places around the tree but find nothing.
“There comes a time in every rightly-constructed boy's life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure.”
[Excerpt From: Twain, Mark. “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Chapter 25.” ]
Here Mark Twain is emphasizing that Tom is was looking for another new adventure. These adventures are what make Tom the person he truly is. Even though tom doesn't have permission from Aunt Polly to go on an adventure. Toms adventures strengthen his friendships. Tom has gone on many adventures with his friends where he's needed his friends help. Tom, Joe and Huck all ran away to Jackson's Island relying on only themselves. They had to trust that each person would help each other out and make the right decisions. Tom's adventures have taught him many life lessons that he doesn't even know. He's learned Teamwork, trust, leadership and many others just from one of his many adventures. Tom Adventures led to many more adventures in his life.
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A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself. In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, written by Mark Twain, Tom's friends let him be the person he truly is . Tom and his friends go on a journey to a distant island relying on no one other than each other. In chapter 13 Tom decides to follow his dream and become a pirate. Tom gathers Joe Harper who is down on himself too. After, supposedly stealing some cream, Joe decides to join Tom. They also gather their close friend Huck Finn always up for a new adventure. Later that night steal a raft and paddle down river to Jackson's island. The friends arrive at the island in the dead of night, create a fire and cook up some dinner. They think about the food and the raft they stole and reflect on their crime. They vividly remember that the Bible recites that stealing is a sin. The friends agree that “their piracies should not again be sullied with the crime of stealing” and call it a night.
"Plainly, here were 'two souls with but a single thought.'"
-[ About Joe and Huck,The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Chapter 13 ]
This is where Tom and Huck decide to leave home leaving their lives behind them. They trust each other as friends, trusting that they made the right choice. True friends make decisions together such as Tom, Joe and Huck did. Their friendship leads to new and vast adventures day after day. These adventures help make make their friendship even stronger. One of their many adventures was a trip to the graveyard. During their adventure they witnessed the murder of Doctor Robison. Tom and Joe made a "blood pact" that they wouldn't tell anybody what they have just witnessed. This made their friendship so much stronger knowing that had to trust each of with a situation. They know if they make the wrong decisions their friendship will stay as strong as a brick wall. Not even fights and arguments could break their ever lasting friendship. Friends are people who are able to clear your mind from all the worries of the world.
Chapter 20 in Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain is a chapter with lots of detail and filled with a meaty plot. Tom is cheered up after Aunt Polly forgives him, then goes and apologizes to Becky. Later on Becky goes through the teachers desk and finds a book. She proceeds to open it, Tom appears behind her which causes to close to book and rip the page. Becky was scared that Tom would tell on her and she would get whipped for the first. Toms spelling book is found ruined and Tom is proceeded to be beaten. Becky messed up Toms book and felt awful about the whole incident. The teacher soon finds out about the book, and goes around the classroom and asks who did it. The teacher stops at Becky and she confesses, Tom stands up and lies about crime saying he did it and, he gets another beating. Once one of my friends had made a hole in our wall. I was running, slipped and his shoulder broke through the wall. I knew my Mom would be really mad and I knew I couldn't cover it up. I went and found my Mom and told her accidentally put a hole in the wall. I told her I ran into the wall and created the hole. She wasn't as mad as I thought she would be. The next day she called someone over the fix the wall and the same friend came over next week.
Chapter 19 in Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain wasn't the longest chapter in the story but had a good tale behind it. Tom arrives back home to find Aunt Polly fueled with anger. Tom had made Aunt Polly look foolish, she told Mrs.Harper (Joe's Mother) about Toms vivid dream, then to find out that Joe had already told his Mom about Tom's adventure. Tom says the classic "I didn't think excuse" which gets him no where. Aunt Polly tries to believe Tom's story of him coming back. One day my Mother came up to me an asked where her 100 dollars went. I had no idea were the money had gone so, I replied with an I don't known. She thought I was lying, when I knew I wasn't. I tried to plead my case but she didn't budge and, proceeded to punish me. Later on she found out that my brother "borrowed" the money.
Chapter 18 in Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain was very long and filled with an in-depth plot. Tom comes back from his island adventure to only be hailed as a hero at school. It all goes to Tom's head and he starts to ignore his girlfriend Becky Thatcher and starts to pay attention to Amy Lawrence. Becky enraged in anger invites everyone in her sight (except Tom and Amy) to a picnic. Becky starts to hang around with another boy named Alfred Temple to make Tom jealous. Tom becomes jealous and is bored with Amy. Becky sees Alfred pour ink on Tom's spelling book, Becky thinks about telling Tom but then proceeds to go home. My Mother had just bought a new car, My dad woke me up to take the car for a test drive. While puling out of the driveway he had ripped the mirror off when he was backing out of the garage. The mirror hit the garage wall and fell to the ground. My Dad got out of the car and towel over the broken mirror and our day went on. He told me not to tell Mom, I proceeded not too. Later that day my Mom had to go to the store and she pulled the towel off of the mirror. She figured out that I knew that it happened and wondered why I and or my Dad didn't tell her.
Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain is an extremely relatable book, that's one of the reasons it's read through generations. In chapter 17 Becky Thatcher (Tom's girlfriend) regrets her coldness toward Tom. The next day, Sunday, everyone gathers for the funeral because the whole town thought Tom, Huck and Joe all drowned. Tom and his friends watched their own funeral through a door, eventually they enter their funeral showing the crowd they're still alive and well. I can relate to this scene in multiple ways. The way I most fondling remember is the time I was walking in Boston. My Dad allowed me and one of my friends to walk from our boat to the restraint we were going to eat at. We had to walk through not one of the nicest parts of the city. We were about halfway there when I looked to check the time and my phone died. I knew my dad would call soon to see if I was okay. When I didn't pick up the phone he must've had the same worry that some of the people in the funeral hall had about the boys lives. Although my experience wasn't as serious as everyone thinking you're dead. It's one of the ways I can relate to this book which makes me wanting to read more