I have always had a big obsession with sports, particularly basketball. I absolutely love everything about the sport of basketball. I have played on the school team for the last 5 years, beginning in 7th grade. This year, though, is different. In my last year of high school I did not make the team.
I was so disappointed. When I first found out, I cried for the first time in a long while. It was super tough on me. It is still difficult for me to think of and talk about in just the few weeks since tryouts. Most people, when they deal with disappointment and sadness, tend to question why that specific thing has happened to them. I’ll admit, that’s what I did that first day. I felt as though I was good enough and deserved to play because of how hard I had worked leading up to that moment. But, after I had a day or two to handle my emotions I decided that I need not dwell on the negative of the situation and instead look for the positive and what I could learn from it.
I trust in God and I believe he has a plan for me just as he has a plan for everyone else. It has only been a few weeks since I didn’t make the team but I am starting to see the benefits. The last two years of playing basketball always made me so stressed and extremely busy. I never seemed to have much time to myself while having to deal with school, practice, games, and working. Now that I am free from the practicing and the games, I feel calmer and have more time to focus on school and work with some added me time in the mix. I have been very happy to be free from the stress of trying to play to the highest of my abilities at all times and now I can just play basketball for fun.
I am still not exactly sure why I needed this experience but I know that everything happens for a reason and I trust in the plan that God has for me. I also believe that I will eventually see the full benefits of not making the team and be grateful. Although some bad or disappointing things may happen in life, it is important to always keep a positive outlook and seek to learn and improve.