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Prized Qualities I Learned in Volleyball
In Daniel Felsenfeld’s memoir titled “Rebel Music” he remembers the many inspirations he had from music in his childhood. Felsenfeld explains the struggles he experienced and the lack of inspiration he received while attending piano lessons with his teacher, Ms. Shimizu. Although Ms. Shimizu was amazed every time he played, Felsenfeld never felt like he had a connection with the music. Felsenfeld stated, “I was experiencing a personal drought, an acrid lack of culture of all kinds, especially music” (Felsenfeld, 624). Once while he was with a friend, Felsenfeld had an immediate inspiration after hearing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. While listening to the music, it was almost as if he had heard music for the first time. After the mark Beethoven’s symphony had left on Felsenfeld’s mind, he became obsessed with music and his entire life revolved around the passion that he had developed. He became a composer in the music industry, even though his family had absolutely no musical background. Felsenfeld’s passion and obsession for music that he had developed as a child encouraged him and shaped him into the person that he became as an adult, just as playing volleyball shaped me into being the person that I have become. Playing volleyball was a huge part of my life all through middle and high school, and now that I haven’t played since being out of high school, I learned that the sport allowed me to learn and retain some valuable traits that I continue to use today in my adult life. Being a volleyball player taught me many things, but mainly how to be a dedicated person, how to be a team player and most importantly, how I should never give up.
First of all, from the time I can remember, my older brother played sports, mainly baseball. I can remember looking up to him and being so proud to call him my brother and strived to be just like him athletically. Watching him play, I never understood how he was able to manage his time as he...

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