In 6th grade my class wrote about our greatest “feats” on a piece of paper cut in the shape of a foot. This assignment became an excuse to brag. Nobody wrote about how they helped other people or did something for a good cause like donating Christmas presents to homeless children or helping raise money for cancer research. Most of the students wrote about sports accomplishments, myself included: “My greatest feat is gymnastics…” That was the year I qualified for the Level V state meet, which was pretty awesome, but I’d like to think I had done something a little more noble at that point in my 11 years.
The students with less athletic ability usually wrote about their best school subject or about a musical accomplishment. There were 2 students who chose something slightly more creative, though perhaps less desirable. I guess they were not particularly academically inclined. One talked about his accomplishments as a goof-off/ class clown and the other one wrote: “my greatest feat is arguing because I rarely give in…” That one was hilarious. I wonder what happened to that kid.
What is my greatest feat now? It is hard to say. I certainly have accomplished a lot in the last 15 years as far as sports, academics, and musical achievements go, but I am through with this 6th grade mentality that our greatest accomplishments involve personal talents and achievements (not that we shouldn’t feel good about these things. But now we can use these talents to affect others in positive ways). I haven’t donated my bone marrow or a kidney, but I hope I have helped people in other important ways. I like to think that my greatest feat is yet to come. I am excited about that. I hope I leave a big footprint.