I am a highly unathletic person. I did swim team in kindergarten and played tennis for six weeks. That was the extent of my sports involvement—until freshman year.
I joined the cross-country team in an effort to make myself appear more well-rounded on a resume. (Side note: it worked out for me, but I wouldn’t recommend doing things for your resume; do them because you want to.) I remember getting ready for the first day of practice thinking I was about to start the easiest, least-skill-required sport. Let’s just say my thinking changed after running 4.5 miles in 90 degree heat.
Cross-country was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. It required me to push myself way past what I thought were my limits, to trust my teammates and coaches for support, and to give 100% every day. I could’ve quit, and I thought about it several times, but I didn’t. I stuck with it for four years, and that commitment yielded a healthier lifestyle and amazing friendships. It challenged me more than anything else, but that made it such a significant part of my high school career. I couldn’t have chosen a better sport.
Here’s the lesson: if you give something your strongest effort, it will always pay off. Maybe it won’t turn out how you think it will, but I promise that you will grow in one way or another if you allow yourself to go the distance.
Catch ya later,