Honors English 10 2015-2016
Cross Country season is now drawing to an end. In fact, for the rest of team it ended last Saturday, but not for me. I am one of two on the team to have made it to states, the other being Whitney, so my season gets to continue an exrta week. Isn’t that such fun? No, not really, but it has got me thinking: Why do we reward hard work with more work?
Legitimately, I didn’t work my legs off every day this summer to have an extra week of work. I know, it’s a great accomplishment to have made it to states, and I’m extremely proud of myself, and in all honestly I don’t mind the extra week of running, I’d be doing it just for the heck of it if I hadn’t made it anyways; however, this is not the only situation that this happens in.
I’m the kind of person, student and athlete that is always going above and beyond; I pretty much pour my heart and soul into everything I do. I work so hard at so much, and I feel like I’m always being backlashed for my hard-work. Which brings me back to my original queston: Why do we always “reward” those who work hard with more work? It seems backwards to me. Shouldn’t the person who works the hardest on something and therefore succeeds at that thing be rewarded with, I don’t know, a break from their hard work? Apparently not.
Another example from my life was last year at BPA. I spent countless painful, awful hours working on my presentation for the regional conference, and guess what, I made it to states! I was so excited at first, it seemed that all my hard work had paid off; I was wrong. As a reward for all my previous hard work, I got to spend the next two months torturously revising, improving, practcing and perfecting my presentation. Yeah, thanks a lot; I really appreciate it.
The only logic behind this seems to be that someone who works so hard in the first place won’t mind or will actually enjoy more work, or maybe they only worked that hard in the first place in order to make it to the “next level”, at the very least they wouldn’t have tried so hard if they didn’t want to “succeed”. However, that logic just does not hold true. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told something along the lines of, “Congratulations, all your hard work has paid off!” and just wanted to snap at that person telling them that if all my hard work had actually paid off I would be relaxing right now, not doing more work. No one seems to get this though.
In our society, it seems to be that the harder you work, the more you work. Students who succeed in High School get bombarded with colleges asking them to write essay after essay and scholarships asking them to take yet another test and write yet another essay. The fastest and the best athletes “get” to continue their season long after their less hard-working teammates are finished. These trends don’t stop there though, they continue on into adult life and never seem to end.
Now, you’re probably thinking that this is just a bunch of pointless whining and that I don’t know how to appreciate my own accomplishments and need to recognize what an honor certain things are, and I know, trust me I know. I’m really not complaining, sure there are certain things that make me angry when I have to do more work than anyone else, but for the most part, I’m the kind of person who works hard and doesn’t mind a little extra work; especially if it is my hard work that got me to that point. Sometimes, though, I’d just like a break, and what I’d really like to happen is to see the people who put in minimal effort have to do more work than me for once. It just doesn’t seem fair that I work my hardest adn then just get to work some more.
I write these things.