The Bass, The River, And Sheila Mant

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In the story "The Bass, the Rive and Sheila Mant" by W.D. Wetherall, a boy acts like someone he's not to impress a girl. The narrator had been wanting to ask out Sheila Mant all summer. He knew all of her moods and how she acted just by observing her on the lake. When he finally got up the nerve to ask her out she said "yes" and they were on their way to a concert. The boy loved fishing and he practiced all the time. For his big date he shined up his boat and got it all ready to pick up Sheila. On their way there the boy set up his fishing rod when all of a sudden he felt a gigantic tug on the line. He knew it was a Largemouth Bass. Since Sheila had been going on about how she was disgusted with fishing the boy did not want her to know that he had his rod out.

Right there he had to decide what he wanted more: Sheila or the bass. Sadly, he cut the line loose and gave up probably the biggest fish he had ever caught all for a girl that in the end, wasn't interested in him at all.

Like the narrator in the story I also tried to change who I was to be noticed. The narrator tried to hide his love for fishing while I tried to change my clothing style. I eventually realized that it wasn't worth making myself unhappy. I didn't like who I was and that is what matters most. I learned that if someone doesn't like me for who I am to begin with then there is no point in changing myself to make them like me.

People often act like someone they aren't for the chance of making someone else happy. I believe that people make the wrong decisions once and a while but that just makes them learn from their mistakes. We all learn to be ourselves because if we aren't then some people will only like us for who we are pretending to be. To be your own person and not care what other people think is very important. In the end someone will just be disappointed for putting on a act that they couldn't pull off.