The Crafted Word:
Personal Narrative Essay
Take your chances
How I learned to be a yes man
"But you know what, dude? You were right.
I said yes to this little adventure, and I won."
~Charlie Kelly It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
We were looking at the mechanical monster at Six Flags known as Goliath. All I heard was screaming, and all I saw were people's legs as they went around a loop. I had to make a choice, and I knew I would never get this chance again. I decided to say " Yes! " We got in line and watched people get into a chair and get pulled upwards into the air. Only seconds later we saw them fly by and later saw them come back to where they started. Two of my friends and I stood there watching and were unsure about going on the roller-coaster. We had never been on a roller-coaster this ridiculous. I told them that if they didn't take the chance none of us would have the courage to do it and that got us to agree to go on it. This would be a ride to remember.
When we got off the ride I realized that if I would have said no I would of missed this experience. I took a chance when I went on this ride and even convinced others to go on. After that moment I learned that saying yes isn't always a bad thing and that sometimes you might get a valuable experience out of it.
The first time I realized this was at Six Flags during the Music in The Parks event. At the amusement park my friends and I went on some roller-coasters. First we went on Bizarro which was tall but did not seem very scary because we had already been on it before. After that we walked over to Goliath which was much smaller but had many loops and flips. One of my friends and I were unsure about this but since I would probably never be here again I decided to say yes. Along with this we managed to convince my other friend to go on with us. After the ride we realized that the ride wasn't scary as we though it was, we even said "That wasn't really worth the wait." I knew at that moment that it was better to take risks than being unadventurous.
Another time I said yes to something that I wan't sure about was when the spring sports season started. I was not very good at any sport, so I decided to do Track and Field. I was not good at running, so the coach said that I should try the high jump. After warm-ups the coach said "Hey Ethan you should do the high jump today." I decided to try it out, and after a few track meets I realized that I was a pretty good high jumper. Every meet after that I did the high jump and got at least fourth. Sometimes I was not as good at jumping but I still had fun. I enjoy high jumping and if I would have said no to the coach I would be running miserably for the rest of the year. I still have to run during a track meet but not as much.
Thinking back to middle school another place I had to change the way I thought was during the D.C. trip. I learned that some people aren't quite as trustworthy as others, so I stuck with my friends because they were the only people I could trust. During that trip i had to say yes to trusting people whom i never really talked to before. There I made more friends but never really said yes to anything else until recently.
One last place where I learned to say yes was at Windsor Mountain. There we were supposed to practice teamwork and communication, but neither I nor anyone else was very good at communicating or listening. I constantly felt like I was being talked over, so eventually I decided to try to listen to other people. I never was very good at listening, so this was a test for me because I had to try to listen to four other people at the same time. When I listened I noticed that some people had ideas that I could agree with while others were not very good. I learned that listening to people is important and can help you become more of a yes person.
In the past year I learned that being a yes person can benefit your life in many ways. Being a yes man makes your life more adventurous and gives you more experience. At first I was reluctant to come to this school. I never thought that coming here was a good idea, but when I arrived with one of my friends I decided to see if I could make more. As I met more people I decided to talk more and decided to say yes to meeting more people. Now I'm in the eighth grade and my time here is coming to an end. The friends I've made will always be with me. I don't think that I'm going to have friends quite as close as the ones I have now but hopefully I will. Saying yes has made my life much more exciting. Though being a yes person is good it's important to know the balance between being a yes person and making poor decisions. The key to saying yes is overcoming fears. Taking chances grants you experience, so next time you're faved with a tough decision choose something you normally wouldn't choose.