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Math 1681 - Elem Prob Stat W / Alg
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Haley Love Talk 1 IDEALS When I was a young I imagined myself becoming a professional singer but once you hear me sing you will understand why this dream hasn t come true I also dreamed I was going to be the first lady living in the white house however public speaking really isn t my forte My name is Haley Love and the title of this talk is ideals Some of y all might be wondering what exactly an ideal is Well an ideal is an image of who you would like to become it s something for which you live a priority something of leading importance in your life When I was younger I didn t have a care in the world I didn t care what anyone thought of me however I also never REALLY thought about my future As human beings as God s creation we can participate in determining our future We can shape our lives by the values we choose to desire We have the freedom to set our own goals and priorities not just our immediate needs Let me repeat that we have the freedom to set our own goals and priorities not just our immediate needs At this young age I just assumed I would follow in my mom s foot steps she isn t the first lady but she has a strong faith and she lives a good life and that was of enough for me But of course there is always a journey to become the person we plan to be Later on though who and what I idolized began to change Once I began to mature all I ever worried about was what people thought of me I always strived to be like everyone else because those people were the idealistic things I looked up to We all have those materialistic things or people that we look up to and want to be like Normally these materisalistic things are what we spend all of our time and money on At one point I thought my life was perfect I was in eighth grade and I was friends with the most popular people in school I had a cute boyfriend I was the star of the middle school volleyball team and it all seemed like it was going to last forever This temporary ideal of mine was something I had to sacrifice for it seemed to be what I always aimed for it gave my life purpose Then one Christmas break pretty much ruined it all Being involved with this crowd resulted to living a troubled life I started struggling with living two lives a life with the real friendships and the one with the people I thought were the coolest people in the world On New Year s I decided to spend the night with a group of girls that had literally my best friends forever But at the time it was only because I didn t want to be put in to a position that I couldn t handle like being offered a drink After missing out on the cool party that my boyfriend attended everyone was really upset with me especially my boyfriend Nothing seemed to ever come of the situation but then I returned to school constantly being informed of made up stories about my boyfriend and me and let s just say all of those false rumors of my impurity went around the entire school After that I was no longer known as the sweet innocent little girl I fell in to this entire group of people that I thought were the ideal people I wanted to spend my rest of my life around These people were the people I thought were what I wanted to be like but I learned fast that they weren t my real friends The second semester of eighth grade wasn t my best year I lost one of my true bestfriends to that same crowd of people and was liked by no one But after this my ideals changed incredibly It is important that we reflect on our ideals to make sure we are aiming our lives at the best goals The negative ideals tend to take us backwards and damage our possibilities just like this ideal did Then there are the ideals that are positive but only short term These ideals move us forward and give us targets I began not to worry about what other people thought of me and I led a life that revolved around Christ and well volleyball I wasn t worried about relationships or even some of the false friendships that I use to have I was now on the freshman A team for volleyball and I was even playing in some select tournaments with 17 year olds at ages 14 and 15 Most of the varsity girls expected me to be on varsity by sophomore year as a defensive specialist or possibly even the libero On top of all of the positive volleyball experiences and all of the rumors beginning to disappear it seemed a guy was practically brought to me he was a boy that liked me for me and didn t care about the past rumors He was the ideal guy I was looking for he had a great relationship with Christ he didn t care what anyone thought he was funny and of course attractive We had similar morals including he wasn t interested in alcohol or drugs We seemed to have a healthy relationship that positively balanced our friendships and our own relationship During the first year of our relationship my volleyball experience was over after freshman year due to a broken right hand and my left thumb during tryouts and of course the horrid politics that no one wants to get into But I still had Dillon However after about two and a half years of dating we seemed to be spending more and more time with friends and les and less time together After many deep conversations about our future together I learned that he wasn t the same guy I had fallen head over heels for Dillon admitted that he was in to alcohol and drugs and no longer lived a Christ centered life When I found this out my faith was stronger than it had ever been but now it was being tested With all of this crashing down I had no idea what to do with my life Volleyball was my output when things got stressful and now things were becoming really stressful and it seemed like I had nothing to fall back on I didn t want to throw everything away but I also knew there was no way this was what I saw in a lasting relationship in the ideal life I had set for myself Throughout this consistent struggle of being with him for another year my relationship with Christ and the ideals I had planned for myself all began to slowly disappear Once I finally had the strength to end the relationship I got back on my feet and changed my ideals We need a positive ideal that is …


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