Reflective Essay -- Extended Metaphor

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Ragged Claws 5/2/12
Whoa! That was excruciating. I stumbled as I struggled to stand firmly on the damp and slippery surface. The cold, yet warm and friendly flooring stared at me waiting for me to embrace my failure and leave my mark bold and ingrained in the stony exterior. I had not learned how to glide on the ragged and unacquainted ice. Lost in thought, I collapsed once more. Taking the steel pole as my crutch, I thought more optimistically. I did not have to function as other individuals; I could approach my problem in a different way, as a unique and separate individual. “I wish I were a pair of ragged claws scuttling across the floors of silent seas” – T.S. Elliot

This time I put my scrambled and utterly confused mind to focus. I took a deep, calm breath and cleared my brain of all negative thoughts and focused on MY ability to get certain tasks accomplished. My chin was towards the heavens and put my right foot forward. I gripped myself for courage that was hiding and I took a vigorous stride with my blades and made angular yet graceful grooves in the unyielding ice. I was doing it! I was finally racing through the middle of the rink, slicing the ice. The chill was settling on my warm cheeks, cooling me down. The wind flowed through my dark tresses. My tracks followed the same as many of the other skaters. I caught up with the rest of my friends. “I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experience behind him.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

I was so overjoyed that I had finally been able to achieve success. I misplaced my confident thoughts and I lost myself in the flow of the skating, unconsciously. Thump! I fell flat on my face… “The toughest thing about being a success is that you’ve got to keep on being a success.” – Irving Berlin

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