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Why Bethany Hamilton Inspires Me

Bethany Hamilton is a worldwide surfing champion, a dedicated donor to multiple organizations, a hardcore Christian, and an author. She also happens to have no left arm! She is one of my biggest role models and she inspires me every day.

Bethany was 13 when she was surfing in Hawaii and a huge tiger shark came and tore off her entire left arm. However, as soon as her shoulder was stitched up and healed, she got right back in the water and kept going. It took her awhile, but eventually she was just as good and ultimately better than she had been before the bite. She didn’t let the fear of another shark attack get in the way of doing what she loved most. I admire her so much because she persevered through it all and kept trying!

Another reason I love her is because her beliefs are so strong. For one thing, she has an incredible relationship with God. I’m a Christian, like her, and she inspires me so much to do good in the world. She went on tons of work trips to help those who are less fortunate, and finds small ways to incorporate her faith into everyday situations.

Bethany Hamilton in my mind is an incredible role model in so many ways. From her ability to constantly persevere despite her handicap to her admirable relationship with her Heavenly Father, she is someone whom I think has influenced many people around the world.

Upcoming Field Trips

I have a lot of upcoming field trips! One is for art, another for GT, and also one for my religious youth group.

The nearest one is actually tomorrow, the GT opera trip. We will be going to the Long Center to view the opera Romeo and Juliet! From what I understand it will all be in French, so we have to read the words in English above the stage. I’ve never been to an opera before, so I’m actually pretty excited. After all, even if it gets really boring, (I’ve heard they sometimes can be) I still have many of my friends there with me! Have you ever been to an opera/ play? Which one?

The second one is actually on Valentine’s Day weekend. I had to make the tough decision of choosing between Youth Austin TedX or the annual WHPC Focus mission trip. I ended up choosing Focus, because my church is really important to me and it sounded like fun! From what I understand, Focus is a time for kids to get together for a weekend in the house of someone in their gender and age group. Then you have the chance to talk about God and do some fun things around Austin and in the church, including community service. I think it will be fun, especially because I get to do all this with my friends.

The last one is the 7th and 8th grade art field trip. This time we take a bus to Houston and go around to many different museums there, to learn about all different types of modern art. I’ve only been to one art museum in my life, and that was the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. It was a lot of fun and certainly very interesting, so I’m excited to do something similar again!

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