Definition Essay

Submitted By Lspringer726
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Pages: 6

Some people hear the word commitment and turn and run in the other direction. Commitment is a huge part of life whether it is dealing with other people, children, or jobs. Commitment is defined as; 1) The state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.: a pledge or undertaking 2) an engagement or obligation that restricts freedom of action. Not being able to live freely and do as we please on a day to day basis is very unappealing to some. While others grow up dreaming of these types of commitments for years before they actually get the chance to make them. There are countless types of commitment in the world we live in today, some of course larger than others, things we decide to do in our everyday lives could be considered committing to something. The most common type commitment between two people is monogamy. Monogamy is the practice or state of being married to one person at a time, or the practice or state of having a sexual relationship with only one partner. Marriage is one of many huge mile stones in most people’s lives. Marriage requires two people to commit to each other for a life time, or that is the plan at least. It is a mutual agreement between two people that involves respect, loyalty, exclusiveness, honesty, and openness between one another. It requires two people to be selfless to meet the others needs and make sure they are living right by their partner. Many couples do not see the need in marriage, because the world we live in today. They view marriage more as a piece of paper and an expensive divorce if things happened to not work out in the long run, so they decide to just commit to each other as opposed to making it official for the government. Some people do not like the idea of putting themselves behind someone else’s needs therefore, monogamy does not work for them seeing as it is a selfless act. It takes a level of dedication, or devotion to achieve true monogamy with a person. Another type of commitment is to join a team. Teams can vary from sports, work, church, or anything that requires a group of people to get a job done. A team is two or more people working together to achieve a common goal. When you join a team you make a choice to dedicate yourself to that group of people, to be there for every practice and every game, every project, or whatever you are working towards. You have made them an unspoken promise that you will give them 100% when you are acting as a team. It is an act that betters you as a whole, you do not do anything to help yourself individually while playing a game or trying to get a project done. At the office I work in, if we are assigned a project we all work together and try our hardest to have everyone walking out the door at five o’clock to go home. We make sure that everyone tries to keep a similar work load, and if someone is getting overwhelmed with things to do we relieve each other in any way we can, because we would hope for the same if we needed the help. You have to work together and accept everyone’s thoughts and ideas to better you all as a whole. The common saying “there is no I in Team” sums it up. You do it for the good of everyone; if you try to look out for yourself it will end up costing all of you in the long run. I have saved the most important type of commitment, in my eyes for last, and that is making the choice to be a parent. I conceived Rylan at the age of 19, his father and I had only been together for a year and our relationship was rocky to say the least. Abortion was not an option for me, I am not the most religious person by any means but the thought of terminating my pregnancy made me sick with myself. I knew that it was going to be strenuous, and a lot of work, but I also knew that I would be able to do it. The time I found out I was pregnant I was just about to start my second year of college at Austin Peay State University, I was working my way to becoming a nursing student. Instead of going back to school