My Favorite Quotes

“I learned all about life with a ball at my feet” by Ronaldinho

The thing I chose to write about is a quote by one of my favorite soccer players. I know it is about soccer and sports, but that is something I grew up with since I was 4 years old. My life revolves around soccer and me being busting my butt every day. First thing first, it first mentions about I learned about life. My life in middle school and high school was mainly wake up, school, soccer, eat, sleep then repeat every day with some games on the weekends. I didn’t get to be a “normal” teenager and go to school dances or go to football games or just date a guy because no one really understood my passion of becoming a division one athlete. Secondly, this ties to the first part, I would always be traveling because of soccer. I traveled on planes alone all the time. I had to grow up pretty quickly because dealing with buying your own tickets, trying to Uber from your hotel to the airport or figuring out how you’re going to pay for meals on your own without a part there like doing the tip is hard for a girl that is barely 14 and everyone else has their parents there. I am so grateful for this experience though because I do feel like I matured faster than the average teenager. Soccer has taught me how to be patient, how to be a hard worker, how to stay committed and dedicated, and also to never give up. I learned how to talk to adults and not be disrespectful when I was on trips with other teammate’s parents. So basically “a ball at my feet” means playing soccer all the time.

 

“The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when nobody else is watching.” by Mia Hamm

The second quote I chose to write about is by my favorite female soccer player, Mi Hamm.  Manly people think that athletes just train when they have practice. For some this is true, but that is how you stay mediocre. As I was talking about in the first quote was commitment. This meaning that if you’re not willing to work when no one is watching then what is the point in someone thinking they want to play at the next level. This quote can really relate to anything like school for example. Let’s say you’re not really good at math. You are going to work those practice problems till you get it right and it is imprinted in your brain, you many not necessarily be alone, but you thinking you need to be better will help you succeed your goal of being great at whatever you’re learning in math. This also can go for work. If you want a promotion or just to be known as the best at what you do, you have to be willing to work late, work hard, and deal with people you may not really want to. Quotes like this makes me want to go to training hard, but on my “days off” train even harder to become the best.

The City and The City Reflection

Okay. Well first of all, I did not understand the book after around chapter five. It got to a point where everything was all put together and I wasn’t picking up anything. So I started to use the audiobook and it was a life changer. But overall I liked the book. The one thing I think the book is trying to make a big point about is immigration. If you really think about it Mahalia Geary is just another person coming to an unknown place, somewhat on the lines of a tourist. The issue of immigration show within the book is from a foreign person coming into another place and not necessarily causing harm to others, but is a big deal to what is going on within the two cities. Here in present time United States, there are multiple issues with immigration and those immigrants causing harm to others. So  that is where I similarity between actual real life and the fictional book. One thing that really stood out to me was the whole idea of breach and how they were always watching no what. This idea was really brought up of the Breach being “alien powers” in chapter six and it goes more in depth when Thacker tells the Geary’s about what Breach could be. I just find it extremely interesting that this idea of “ alien force” watching over them all and brought up throughout the novel, but no one doesn’t know what exactly they are or it is. This novel was quite challenging to read, but I was able to think more critically about it, like when they are talking about Professor Bowden’s book Between the City and the City. I grasped the concept that Miss Geary was a fan of Bowden’s work, a Bowdenite, but what I didn’t really get is why she wanted to work under Professor Nancy and not Bowden directly. Also another thing I don’t really comprehend is the whole thing of not seeing something or unseeing something and what training the have to go through. There are somethings that I know people wish they could unsee in actual time, but to what heights are these citizens of Ul Qoma and Beszel trained to unsee something so major? I don’t know if that makes sense, but how they are trained to unsee something still blows my mind. Another thing that is somewhat funny to me is the words militsya and policzai. These two words are cognates of the words military and police, but also they are close to the words in Spanish, so the language I feel like is a big mixture of a couple of languages.