There are several groups that I can say that I am a part of. Son, grandson, nephew, cousin, brother, athlete, student, friend, teammate and classmate.

As a son, and grandson and nephew for that matter, I am expected to pay attention to my parents, or grandparents, or aunts and uncles. I am also expected to help them when it is needed of me, and I am able to do so. As a cousin and a brother, it is expected/required of me to help my cousins and brother as much as possible. That being said, it is also required that I pick on them from time to time as well, just to annoy them, or to point out a mistake that they can fix. I am required as a friend to help my friends whenever possible, with anything that they might possibly need, to the best of my ability.

As an athlete and teammate I am required/expected to do what is best for the team, and sometimes that might be admitting that I am the wrong person for what they need to get done. If I have to sit to let a better player take my spot, so be it. In the end the team will be better for it, and maybe I can see what it was I was doing wrong, and then fix it. As a student and classmate, it is expected/required of me to go to class, and do whatever work is assigned. If I’m required to work in a group, and it is part of the class, I will. If a classmate needs help outside of class and I can help them, then I feel that I am also expected/required to do so.

There is also one thing that I personally believe–meaning that not everyone thinks, or feels the same way–that all of these groups require of me. I must protect those people that are in those groups that I am a part of  if it is needed.

I am recognized as a son because both of my parents love me. They always have and always will. The same is true of my grandparents, and aunts and uncles. I am recognized as a cousin because they too love and care for me as a part of their family. I am recognized as a brother, and even though neither one of us will admit it to the other, because my brother and I love each other dearly. We may fight one another, but as soon as we are in trouble we will back each other up in every way possible. I am recognized as a friend because I am always helping my friends out if they need it and I can do so.

I am recognized as an athlete and teammate because I am included in things that the team does. Fundraisers, teaching younger generations about the sport I play, being in the game, and going to practices are all things that a team does. We go to events for other sports that people we go to school with play as well. It helps to show a strong front between our different sports teams, and that we support each other.

I am recognized as a student because I always show up to class, unless something comes up that I can’t make it, and I do my best to get my homework done on time, and correctly. I am recognized as a classmate, because I will work on assignments with others if they need help, and if I already have mine done, I can show them the steps to take to get theirs done as well. I do not do homework for them, they don’t learn anything from that, and then they flunk the tests, which is bad.