Personal Life Essay

It’s Not Just a Sport
I have learned a many things from participating in my favourite sport, hockey. It has changed my entire outlook on and attitude toward life. Before I started playing hockey, I was quiet, well placed and turned away from going out of my comfort zone. In the picture there is a something you wouldn’t expect to see on it Due to my age when I started playing hockey, this sport is basically the thing that made me who I am today. To this date I have been playing hockey since I was three years old for a total of thirteen years. Hockey altered my old qualities and made me a whole new person. On the first day of my peewee year is when I noticed the biggest change. The team warmed before the first tryout and I was one of the only kids there who wasn’t on the team last year. Being from Brampton trying out and for a Toronto team, I didn’t know anybody. The players all knew each other and had their little groups, while I was just there alone. At this point I realized I had to step out of my little bubble and be loud to try and fit in. In the picture I met my favourite hockey player at the time, Doug Gilmour. It was the first game of the season and I wasn’t fully out of my comfort zone yet, but I was more comfortable with myself and some of the other kids in which I connected to. Michael, Joseph and Donte (from left to right) are standing beside me in the picture.They were my closest friends

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during the year and as you see were there from the beginning. I look happy but I was also very nervous. The things that point out my nervousness are my hands in my sleeves, tilted head, and my small grin. During that first game, I noticed that I didn’t skate as hard as I could, nor did I try to score when I had a two on one. The fact of the matter is that I really did not want to be cheered for if I scored, so I would pass it off to the other player coming down the wing with me. I didn’t want to be the one at fault if I missed the net or didn’t score, I did not want the responsibility of helping the team because I was too afraid of making a mistake. That aspect
of my character led to me realizing as I got older that I actually was good at hockey which ended up making me the complete opposite of that little ten year old boy. I turned into the loudest kid in the world, the most outgoing and eventually these attributes made me the captain of my team. For the rest of my hockey career I was some sort of leader on the team, whether it was assistant captain or captain I stepped out of my shell and into the real me. I was still afraid of making mistakes and getting blamed by screaming coaches and angry teammates but the pressure was lessened greatly due to the path that hockey made me. Even outside of school it affected me greatly by forcing me to be outgoing which led me to things that I cherish in my life such as being a Link Leader, being confident and having many friends. For the man I am today, the biggest thank you I can send out is to hockey and all of the people that joined me on my journey.

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