NARRATIVE ASSIGNMENT PAPER 4
Onthe first day I reported to the high school, I looked forward for theend of the day. I am quite shy, but I am an extrovert. My classmateswere chatting and laughing behind me. I was tempted to join theconversation, but I was afraid of embarrassing myself because myEnglish grammar was very poor. Besides, none of the classmatesbothered establishing friendship with me. At the end of the day,some students left school with their personal cars while others foundtheir parents waiting for them at the at the car park. I was the oddone out, as I had to walk about a couple of miles to a terminus whereI could board public transport.
Thefollowing day, several students made fun of me that I was usingpublic transport and travelling a long distance to reach theterminus. Some nicknamed me the “hitchhiker” since I was pickedfrom the school by a family friend for two days because I was feelingsick. For the entire first term, my self-confidence deterioratedsignificantly because I was negatively affected by the comments andcriticism from my classmates. I contemplated requesting my father topurchase or hire a car for me, but I reasoned that I would beflogging a dead horse since he also traveled using public transport(Anthony, 2011).
Mylife changed on the day my father purchased a bicycle so that I couldride to school instead of using public transport. The first day Iarrived at school, riding on a bicycle everyone stopped to stare atme as if I was a creature newly arrived from space. All I rememberwas that I heard someone saying, “Whoa!That bike is super cool.”I could feel that several people were staring at me, so Ideliberately avoided looking up as I braced myself for intensemocking (Anthony, 2011).
Onthe contrary, several classmates approached me requesting whetherthey could ride my bike, even for a minute. I was impressed by thechange of interest of my friends toward my new ride. I was seriouslyyearning for attention and respect from my colleagues. I gladlyallowed them to experience the comfort of my bicycle despite the factthat they never allowed me to ride in their cars. On that day at theevening, I requested my father to purchase me books and movies ofgreat cyclists. I also searched online on the history of famouscyclists and creative stunts they ever made. My father was a cyclingenthusiast, so he knew several cycling stunts that I did not know. He trained me a few techniques for spicing up cycling.
Thefollowing day, I entered the school riding in of the stunts my fathertrained me on the previous day. Instead of cycling on the pavement, Icycled on top of the thin wall separating the pedestrian pavementwith the main road. The students and parents, both arriving and theones who were leaving stared at me with amazement and specialdelight. The following day, I swore I would make a bigger scene atthe school through folding my bike such that it would be one-wheeled.
Onarrival at school, I was amazed to find that about twenty studentshad opted cycling school instead of driving. Everyone wanted to learncycling skills from me. I enjoyed teaching my classmates how to ridelike a professional since that gave me an opportunity for interactingwith other persons. Presently, I have mastered vast cycling skillsthan anybody else in the school. Over 50% of the students also cycleto school instead of driving. Many parents with overweight childrenapproached me with a proposal that I train their children how tocycle effectively. I am now renowned at my home place as the “cyclingtutor.” During the holidays, I make extra income traininginterested persons stunts and cycling (Anthony, 2011). I neverthought I could wield high influence as I have in my society,especially because my classmates almost drowned all myself-confidence. The experience taught me that resilience and beingunique are the ultimate secrets for gaining genuine and lastingself-confidence.
Anthony,R. (2011). Theultimate secrets of total self-confidence.New York: Berkley Books.