This past summer, my family and I went on a cruise to Mexico. It was an amazing experience for me because not only was I able to spend quality time with my family, but I also learned many things about myself.
We set sail aboard the Carnival Imagination on August 10th, 2009. This particular cruise left out of Miami, Florida and went to Key West and Cozumel. Things started becoming eventful the day we were in Cozumel. My parents, younger sister, and I went on a “Shore Excursion” while in Mexico. We went on the Atlantis Submarine which took up 110 feet below the water. The water was so clear! I remember thinking to myself, “How could anything be this beautiful?”
After the excursion, we went shopping around the city and were back on the ship. We all went to the Pride Dining Lounge to eat dinner together. After dinner, however, things became a little surreal and I truly learned one of the most important things life has so far taught me.
My cousins and I decided to go to the Dynasty Lounge for Battle of the Sexes. It’s always fun to come together with people you haven’t met before and try to work together for the same purpose: crushing the men’s hopes of ever being better than women. (I’m just teasing!)
In order to understand this next part, you need to understand me a little better. My education has always been the most important thing to me. I hope to attend a great liberal arts college to study to become an elementary teacher. I chose this profession because I believe there is nothing more fulfilling than to be able to shape a child into a good person. I’m an introvert in school. While everyone else is out partying, I’m home studying. Those are my priorities, and I’m okay with that.
Nevertheless, I surprised myself with how outgoing I was on the ship. When the host asked for a team captain for the ladies, I jumped up and was given a round of applause by the girls in the lounge. Throughout the game, I started talking to the team captain for the men, a 54 year old policeman from Florida named Doug. This wasn’t something I normally did. My parents had always told me not to talk to strangers. Some things just stick with you. This was all I could think about while talking to Doug. Soon after the conclusion of Battle of the Sexes, it was time for Game Show Mania. Unbeknownst to me, my cousin had put my name in the hat so I could be selected to compete. By a sheer chance of luck, my name was selected. When I got up on stage, I was unlike myself, so I thought. I was extremely out there during this time. Later that night, there was a show in which the host, Karl, asked for “3 idiots to come up to the stage.” Once more, I raised my hand and was chosen to come up to the stage. The 3 volunteers had to make sound effects during the story Karl was telling.
I couldn’t believe how courageous I was in doing all these things. It was something I normally wouldn’t do. I gained many friends from all over the country from this experience. I also gained some knowledge of myself. In school, I don’t have many friends because I always keep to myself. But if I just be me, people will love me for who I am.
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