Graham | Mendham, NJ
JAM: Colorado Springs
The evening started out like any other: the group was excited to go play mini golf and have fun after a hard day’s work. So we get to the mini golf place, get our clubs and balls and split up into groups of four. I was in a group with two other participants and one staff member. Everything was going great; I got a few 2’s, 3’s, and 4’s. Then came Hole 9. I hit the ball with such finesse that the ball curved into the hole on the first putt. I dropped my club and started screaming, “I GOT A HOLE IN ONE! I GOT A HOLE IN ONE! AHHHHH! AHHHHH!” I ran around jumping up and down and making a scene. I even high-fived a random family. Fast forward to the end of the course where I was bragging about my hole in one. I was jumping up and down, while people in the group were trying not to be seen with me. I asked one of the staff if I could tell the other participants from the group that I got a hole in one, and she said yes. As I was walking down the steps, I missed one.
All of my momentum shifted to my right foot, and I heard many cracks. I knew immediately that I had injured myself, so instead of making it worse by walking on it, I just sat on the ground. The other participants and staff came to where I was sitting, and they helped me to the car to go to the ER. I was in the waiting room for a long time, and eventually I was told that I had a bad ankle sprain and needed a splint. In that moment, I learned that nothing can be taken for granted. We are on AJSS to help other people and to step outside of ourselves. When we go home, we learn to not take the things we have for granted. My injury has made it hard for me to help other people, and I have to sit on the sidelines instead of helping my fellow participants and staff members work, but on the flip side I get to see what it is like for our volunteer coordinators and their organizations to receive so much help from our community.
This is similar to the highs and lows that people experience because people can be going through a rough time, and then they can learn from the low situation and turn it into a high situation. People can always see the glass half full, instead of seeing things as the glass half empty.
The reason I decided to tell this story is because it is a good way to show how people can see things in a different way than just negatively. There are some highs, which can be incredible if they are high enough. There are lows, which can be awful if they are low enough. There can also be something in-between, which can be both good and bad. This story had all three. I have friends and family helping me through a tough time, which is my high. I sprained my ankle, which is my low. And my “something in between” was the fact that even though I sprained my ankle, I still got a hole in one. I will use this in the future as a way to teach myself how to adapt to things that I am not used to. I hope that this story has made an impact on the way you, as the reader, look at situations in a new light.