2020-2021 Youth Writing Contest Special Recognition – Senior Category – Maine (Grades 9–12)
“City Girl” Admires Maine’s Heritage Sports
Ms. Emerson Walston, Age 17, 11th Grade
I grew up in a small town in down-east Maine. Personally, I had never been passionate about hunting, fishing, boating, or any activities of the sort, but I always envied those who were. I truly believe I am a city girl at heart with a love of the opportunities this Pine Tree State has to offer.
With that being said, I love watching those who go outside, day and night, regardless of the weather, and reach their goals.
Over time, I have developed a mindset that correlates ever so perfectly with the principles of hunting and fishing. This mindset is a “go-getter” mindset. A mindset that says, “If you work hard, you will succeed.” A mindset that says, “Nothing comes easy; hard work is your best friend.”
I love to see people work hard, sitting in their tree stands, and never giving up. I genuinely believe the outdoor activities Maine offers teach so many valuable lessons.
From a young age, children are able to learn skills that are tremendously important – so important that they have a foundation of skills to grow up upon.
Learning how to do these very difficult tasks helps prepare people for anything life throws at them. They are able to learn patience. They are able to learn how difficult some things are. They are able to understand how important it is to stay consistent with something if they want to achieve success.
These outdoor activities, including hunting and fishing, go far beyond the tree stand. They are life lessons in disguise. Lessons that teach people of all ages that persistence, hard work, and dedication will lead to success.
Even if you are not an active hunter, fisher, boater or other type of outdoorsperson, by watching those who are, you can see they are hardworking individuals with mindsets made of steel.