My favorite show of all time is Downton Abbey. It takes place in the early 1900s and is about a wealthy family that lives in this huge estate and the people who work for them. Tom Branson started out as the chauffeur for the wealthy family and was always known for his insanely strong views of his political beliefs. Throughout the show, Tom and a daughter of the estate own fall in love and Tom quickly move up the social latter. He becomes and extremely well-known figure of the wealthy family even though some parts of the family didn't really like him. No matter what happened to Tom, the one thing that never changed was his beliefs. No matter how many people pushed him down or tried to get in his way and mess with his head, he never gave up on himself. He kept an eye on his goal of maintaining the person that he was no matter how much he went through and he did just that.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is one of my favorite books I have ever read. It is about of 14-year-old native kid who lives on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, WA. The story is about his life and the ups and down on living on a reserve right outside of another town. The main character, Junior, is an example of someone who knew their dreams but still let the obstacles get in their way. Junior always had his dream and his parents dream of leaving the reserve and becoming more than he was but this obstacle was drilled into his head that "we reservation Indians don't get to realize our dreams. We don't get those chances. Or choices. We're just poor. That's all we are." (Chapter 2, Page 52) For anyone reading this who hasn't read the book, I don't want to spoil the ending but I highly recommend reading it because of the morals of the story and the dreams and goals along with the obstacles, make it a great book to read.
Ellen DeGeneres is a tv show host of the extremely popular "Ellen" show. She started as a stand-up comedian and made her way up to becoming one of the most well-known comedians in the world. Ellen is also human and animal rights activist. She believes that we need to stand up for what we believe in and make a change in society. Ellen has made a lot of changes in the animal rights community, she constantly donated to charities and helps. No matter how many people criticize her for being who she is and doing what she believes in she gives back and helps out. As a supporter of everything Ellen believes in and does she is a big example of obstacles are just what you see if you take your eyes off the goal.
Ryan Lochte is one of the most well-known Olympic swimmers in the world. He swims for Team USA and has won a lot of different medals in many, many events. Lochte was a person who never let obstacles get in the way of his goal, until the summer of 2016. During the summer of 2016, Lochte got sucked into a big scandal after the Rio Olympics had just finished. He had the option of telling the truth and continue with his life or lie to create pity and so that he would be talked about. Unfortunately, Lochte chose the path that led him to lose a lot. He was banned from everything USA swimming for 10 months and all of the people who sponsored him and gave him his swimwear and money left him. He let this one small, insignificant obstacle get in the way and it cost him so much. Though today he is trying to restart with new sponsors, he'll never be at the level he was before the Rio Olympics unless he keeps his eye on his goal and doesn't let the smallest obstacle throw him off.
Oprah is one of the most influential women in society. She was the first African-American women to host a tv show and she has done so much to improve and better the society we live in. Though Oprah is big now, she did not always live that life. Oprah was born into poverty and as a child, she didn't have much but with the support of her family and her clear, positive mindset, she was able to push through and make her goals and dreams a reality. She did what she believed and didn't let the obstacles knock her down.
Earlier this year, President Trump and his Vice President Pence, talked about revoking financing planned parenthood and reducing a bunch of basic rights people should have. So on January 21st, worldwide, Women, Men, and children gathered together to peacefully rally what they believe. Their message was that no matter who gets in their way and whatever anyone tries to do, no one will take away their rights and no one can knock them down. They kept their eyes on the goals that they wanted and even if they haven't gotten everything fixed, they haven't let anyone or anything get in their way.
Swimming is a big part of my life, I've been swimming since I was a child and I hope to continue swimming for as long as I can. The one big thing about this sport is that it requires a person to be both physically involved, but also mentally. In swimming, it's all about keeping a positive mindset and completing your goal. If you lose that mindset, it will be harder to become a better swimmer and beat the people who always have their minds on the goal and mentally avoid any obstacles that get in their way.
Dr. Martin Luther King JR. is a great example of someone who always kept his eyes on the goal. No matter how many people pushed him and no matter how many times he was discriminated against, King never gave up on his goal of equality. In society today, he is an amazing influence not only for what he did as a civil rights activist but his confidence and determination that he exhibited.
School is a place where we come to learn and challenge ourselves. The older you get, the higher the grade level you go to, and the more challenging the stuff you learn gets. In school, most people have the goal of graduating. People want to finish and move on to college or work. Though some people do more in school to graduate in different levels, everyone has the same goal. Everyone will have one or more classes in school that seems like obstacles, and there are people who will push through, keep their mindset on the goal, and make it through. Then, there are people who won't do anything and will make it a struggle to pass the class. It all depends on how you think and what you are willing to do to complete your goal.
In the book, The Circle, the main character, Mae, realized how manipulative and bad the company the circle was but instead of pushing past the manipulative nature of the circle she got sucked into it. Her obstacle was the company and she was unable to push past it and defeat it and in the end, lost two friends because of it. She also lost herself on the way.