Concussions

Do you know what grinds my gears? Getting a concussion. I play football as some of you may know, and I got a concussion when my head hit the ground with a player on top of me. Luckily, it wasn’t anything major. However, I have had one for over a week now, and I am so ready for it to be over. I knew concussions were a serious thing, but I had no idea how easy it was to get one. I also didn’t realize how long the symptoms last, especially the headaches. I never get headaches no matter how sick or stressed I am, so I am not used to having them. One week after I got it, I still have headaches. I had no idea that they would last that long, even on a small one like mine. However, I am so glad that I haven’t had the nausea, dizziness, and memory loss like concussions can often have. My parents and I have noticed that I have been having trouble putting sentences together, though. Also, I have occasionally been changing my mood quickly for no particular reason. These are normal things for a concussion, but when you have one it’s kind of scary to have those things. You start to find that you are angry at yourself for not being able to talk correctly or get mad all of the sudden.

Anyway, the most annoying part of the whole thing is that I cannot get any physical exercise until all of my headaches have stopped. For some people, this wouldn’t bother them at all. For me, this is complete torture, and I have found myself lethargic as a result. I understand why I have to do this, but it has been a struggle for me not to move around. I’m getting less and less headaches as the days go on, but I just can’t seem to shake it off. I know that concussions take time to heal, but I had no idea that it would take this long for a smaller concussion.

Finally, I am starting to question a  football player’s safety. I am the SIXTH person to get a concussion on our football team. That is a lot for a small team like ours. It just doesn’t seem safe to have this many people getting concussions during one season. I have no idea how they can change the rules or equipment to make it safer, but it seems to be getting out of hand. Either way, I can’t help but cringe when I think of hitting again in a football practice, but I think that will wear off. If anything, this incident helped inform me on what concussions are like.

Please don’t grind my gears by giving me a concussion! (not really anyone’s fault on this one)

Thanks for reading!

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Christmas in October???????

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Do you know what grinds my gears? When stores put Christmas stuff up for sale in October. Are you kidding me? IT IS OCTOBER! We haven’t even had Halloween and people are already trying to make you buy more decorations that are going to sit in your house for two more months before they are used. I get so tired of Christmas being in your face all of the time, thanks to stores like Wal-Mart. Sometimes it can take away the specialness of Christmas and turn it into a big-box store merchandise battle.

I know all the stores out there want to make money and I am fine with that. At least wait until it is that month’s holiday! I remember last year, I was so mad because when I saw commercials before Thanksgiving, they were all about Christmas; every single one of them. They were full of “Buy this!”, “Save this much!”, and “The best deal of Christmas!”. Not only did it degrade the Christmas holiday, but it ruined the excitement of Thanksgiving! I love Thanksgiving as much as the next guy, so I get so mad when Christmas advertisement takes away from it. I don’t care if they advertise the crap out of it the day after Thanksgiving is over, but I would like to believe they could wait until then. However, here I am on October 13 and Christmas stuff is already out in stores.

Along with that, during the month of December, when Christmas is over, you could not be happier that you don’t have to hear another Christmas song. I think I speak for all of us when I say that I become a grouch about Christmas music, especially when I’ve hears Jingle Bells for the twentieth time that day. The reason I bring this up is that Christmas commercials are always paired up with a cheesy Christmas song. When these commercials air in mid-November, I’m already tired of those songs BEFORE DECEMBER EVEN STARTS! I love Christmas a lot, and I think that songs add to the atmosphere about the holiday. However, that doesn’t mean that I want to get in the spirit of the holiday a month and a half before the actual day.

Either way, I know my anger won’t stop it. Even if everybody gets tired of it, stores will still do it to try and make money. And who can blame them? They just want to make money like a lot of us do (including me) and they have to advertise to do so.  Then again, maybe they could advertise Halloween and Thanksgiving more, but who am I to make suggestions.

Please don’t grind me gears with Christmas in October!

Thanks for reading!

Fighting in High School

Do know what grinds my gears? When people can’t learn how to get along. I am a sophomore now, but my classmates get into more fights than WWE on Monday nights. I mean those fights are nothing as physical as WWE, but they’re as emotionally brutal as the Bachelor (no offense to anyone). These fights are pointless and happen just from people being completely inconsiderate of each other. Is it really that hard to say decent things and not tell people off? I have as many people that annoy me as the next guy, but that doesn’t mean I go and start a fight with those people. I also try not to talk behind people’s back either. I don’t do a very good job of it, but I’m trying.

Either way, I get so tired of all the drama that ensues a big fight. I wish our high school would just come to school, shut their mouths, learn, go home, and repeat. It makes life so much easier. Sometimes I understand that if someone is being that mean to you, some action may be required. I would just hope that you would handle it maturely and not sink down to their level. If there is any doubt in your mind whether you should take action, don’t. Bite your tongue, keep your head down, take a deep breath, and treat them as politely as you can. I know this may seem hard, but it will make you a better person because of it. Trust me, my whole goal in life is to have as few of enemies and rivals as possible. When people torque me off, I just try to ignore them. I don’t start rumors about them. I don’t tell them off. I just keep my thoughts to myself and try to think about being the better person.

A good tip to being able to control your anger is to have a place to vent ALL of your feelings in a safe environment. For example, I tell my parents almost everything about any person that is grinding my gears. They don’t divulge any of that information to anyone, but they agree that it is much better to have a place to have someone listen to you vent and get all of the bad feelings out. I really appreciate that place to do that, and it helps me keep my mouth shut when I get to school.

I just hope that people will start to see what they are doing to each other and maybe be able to break that habit before they leave high school. What are the chances of that happening? I have no clue. But for now, all I can worry about it myself.

Please don’t grind my gears by fighting all the time!

 

Word Counts

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Do you know what grinds my gears? When teachers assign word counts on essays. Now one of my main goals when I blog is to not offend anybody, even if they are the ones I am blogging about. Anyway, I can’t stand word counts. I know that if we didn’t have them that students would slough off all writing assignments and write mere sentences. But it is the worst feeling when you have a strong piece of writing with great information but you have to use three times as many words to even pass the assignment. This creates numerous amounts of problems for the writer. First of all, the piece of writing will often be completed with filler, or stuff that is extraneous to the topic. Also, it is common for the author to repeat themselves. For example, if they are trying to write an argument, one of their main points can probably be found throughout the writing, even after it has been explained fully.

            I know that the goal of putting despised word counts as part of an assignment is to try and challenge the writer to fully explain their topic and stretch their minds to make them better. However, sometimes I think that teachers should not worry about word counts, but making the students make their words count. Perhaps an exercise teachers should try is assigning a word limit. After you’ve assigned a paper that has to have 1,000 words or more, try having the students shrink down their writing to 900 words. For all of those students who insert filler when writing is assigned, it should be easy for them. This would help them distinguish between the main meat of your writing and what’s just filler. Now for those students who have fully explained their topic and wrote way more than needed (but didn’t use filler) don’t worry about them. They accomplished the goal you set for them in the first place. Word counts is a two way street, so there will always be people that will like one assignment over another.

            Finally, after all is said and done, word counts aren’t the worst thing in the world. They are there to help us, no matter how stressful they can be. I just want teachers to know that when word counts are assigned, a lot of students focus on how they can meet that instead of focusing on their piece of writing. Also, putting word limits on things might help students in writing arguments, where your points need to be clear, concise, and not repetitive. It’s just a thought.

            Either way, word counts are just something we have to live with. But teachers could do things to make it a little easier or more fun for students.  And once again, not meant to offend anyone!

Please don’t grind my gears by using word counts!

“Back-Seat Drivers” in Life

Do you know what grinds my gears? When people are back-seat drivers in your life. What I mean by this is that some people like to criticize, speak badly of, and put-down others for something that they are doing wrong. Before I go any farther however, let me specify what I mean by this.

There are some people in your life that are supposed to analyze everything you do and tell you how to do it better. Those people are like your bosses, coaches, advisors etc.  But then there is the group of individuals that are just by-standers that do not approve of your actions or how you are doing something, and just feel the need to tell you how to do that thing better. Also, (these people grind my gears the most) there are people that say, “Oh, I can do that so much better than you can,” or “Why is it so hard for you?”. Why do people feel the need to say that so badly? I have experienced this many times, but one of the worst times has happened over the past two years. I am the field goal kicker for our football team at our school. When I started out as a freshman, I had never kicked a football off a tee in my life. I had played soccer for five years or so and thought I would give it a try. I was absolutely horrible at kicking a football. It was nothing like kicking a soccer ball and I struggled for a long time. At the time, we had a senior for a kicker, and nobody else besides me took up the challenge. So this added even more pressure for me to get better, considering I would be our only kicker the next year.

So I practiced and practiced over the summer and on the weekends, and I still was terrible, but I had improved. All my teammates looked down upon me during practice and shook their head when I couldn’t make any field goals, let alone extra points. Some of them would come up to me and say, “Why is it so hard for you? I can make field goals and I’m not even the kicker.” I was furious with these people. I was putting myself on the line and embarrassing myself while other people just watched from the sidelines instead of trying out for kicker themselves. But that didn’t stop me. I took all of the criticism with a grain of salt and continued to practice. During our first varsity game of the year, our team was way ahead of the opposing team. When we scored yet another touchdown, the coach looked directly at me and asked me if I wanted to kick an extra point. Without hesitation, I said yes. My heart was thumping out of my chest; I wanted to make one so badly and prove to my peers and haters that I could be our next kicker. When the ball was snapped, I said a prayer, took my two steps, and hoped that my practice would pay off.

The ball seemed to freeze for a second in mid-air, it hadn’t gone very high. The crowd breathed in as the ball flailed toward the goal post. It cleared about a foot over the crossbar, but it went through. The crowd erupted into cheers, and I was elated. I had proved to everybody, even to myself, that I could do it. Today, I am our starting kicker and have improved immensely at kicking. I even kick the ball for kick off for the start of every game.

This just goes to show, that even when you have people like this in your life, just ignore them. It’s not worth it to let it affect you in any way shape or form, unless you use it to motivate you. Just be sure that you aren’t the one doing the commenting either, because you probably have no idea what that person is feeling inside.

Please don’t grind my gears by “back-seat driving”!

Self-Centered

Do you know what grinds my gears? People who think they are so much better than everyone else. I get so irritated when someone talks only about themselves and think that the world revolves around them. Before I go any farther, let me explain what I consider to be the three types of self-centered people: the ones who only talk about themselves, the ones that don’t care about anybody else, and the ones that do both of the previously mentioned. As you can probably tell, the latter group is the most annoying and most likely to get under my skin.

Anyway, everything in your life is relative. Everybody thinks that they have it bad; I have many times before as well. The reality is that there will always be somebody who has it worse than you. I’m not saying that you can’t complain to your friends once in a while. However, people tend to get mad at you if you are complaining about something that isn’t near as bad as them. One example that I had the other day is when someone told me that they were so tired and had a lot of homework. I asked them how much sleep they got the night before and they replied a little less than eight hours. Here’s what ground my gears: 1.I have the same amount of homework (if not more) than them, 2.I have practice for two and a half hours after school while they get to go straight home, and 3. I worked on homework until 12:30 and had to wake up at 6:45 A.M. Now I know that other people have it worse than me, but that person had no idea that other people had it worse than them.

This is an important thing to remember: people that are self-centered are created by unawareness. They are extremely unaware of how self-centered and stubborn they sound to the other people around them. To the self-centered people, they  think everybody cares about their opinion. They also think that every little tiny bad thing that happens to them is a terrible disaster. Things like “I had so much homework last night” and “I am SO tired today” and, the worst one of all, “Why do these things happen to ME?” 99% of the people who say that last phrase need to reconsider where they are in life. I know that I have been blessed more than I deserve, so some people may think that I can’t make accusations like this when I haven’t been in those types of situations. However, most of those people are exactly the ones I am describing in this blog!

I know that some of you may think that I have no power to say these sorts of things, and maybe you are right. Just try to remember the following: Be thankful for everything that you have, and think twice before you complain about what you consider to be “bad”.

Please don’t grind my gears by being self-centered!