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Tomorrow, the day after today. It is an indefinite time in the future. One question many people have on their minds is, what does tomorrow hold in store for me? What “if tomorrow never comes”, in the words of a song by the country-artist, Garth Brooks. Could I say I finished everything I started, or did I accomplish everything that I always wanted to do, but never did for fear of it being too risky?
No one should feel they did not take the high road in order to enable them to fulfill that one great adventure. Life is full of ups and downs; it could be described as a huge pot of gold with a few dingy stones mixed together. The dingy stones are the few misfortunes one may come across; the gold is what everyone wants, and hopefully attains. To achieve anything, one must take risks and not ask questions regarding tomorrow.
I, like many others, could choose to look into a clear, crystal ball and see what the future holds. Instead I decide to look away and be adventurous. This way I get to have the exciting feeling of not knowing what is behind door number three or four. Yes, it is a scary feeling, but also one of hope.
I had played on the volleyball team all through my junior high days, and was a starter on the “A” freshman team when I reached high school. As a sophomore, I couldn’t believe it when I got the towel thrown in on me. I was devastated when I was cut from the team. Volleyball was my life; I absolutely loved the sport. How could they do this to me? Everyone told me things would turn out fine, but how did they know? A close friend of mine wrote me a letter stating, “I know that right now it is hard to accept the paths that God has chosen for us, but I am sure whatever you decide to do with what has been thrown in your way you can surpass everyone else”. I thought about what that really meant, and decided she was right. I had been thrown something I was not sure what to do with or how to handle, but with a little advice from my brother, Chris, I decided to take a risk and try something new. I chose to become a member of our school’s cross-country team.
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At first when Chris mentioned the idea I thought he was absolutely crazy; running and I did not mix. My sister was in the sport in her high school days and so was my brother. They both enjoyed it and originally joined the team to get into shape. Chris told me it was a way to stay active and to have fun. I had never been a long-distance runner; I couldn’t run over a mile without stopping. I bounced the idea around in my mind and decided to give it a chance. What did I have to lose? Before I went to my first practice I took on the task of running on my own for a few days. The first day, as I recall, was strenuous. However, with everyday that passed it became less difficult.
Everyone was very welcoming the first day of practice, and the workout wasn’t that bad. I decided that this might be my newfound love. As the running season progressed, I became better. I was never an all-conference runner or one of the top finishers at a race, but I ran and felt great. Each race I improved my time and by the end of the season I was on the varsity team. I was proud of myself and that was what mattered.
Looking back at my experience, I have learned that one of the keys to life is making something out of a negative situation. I was saddened when I was not able to be a part of the volleyball team, but I never looked back after making the decision of joining cross-country. If I would have then asked about “tomorrow”, I might not have changed my life in such a great way. Now I can say, I wouldn’t have changed the experience of getting taken off of the volleyball team. It changed my attitude towards life and “tomorrows”.
As for volleyball, I still wonder what would have happened if I had kept playing, but that is in the past and it will never change. People have to move on from these life changes and figure out what they can achieve from them. I achieved the quality of courage and self-determination. I can do anything I put my mind to. I would love to teach this important lesson to others. Now I can overcome obstacles that I would have otherwise gone around. Maybe God thought I needed a change in scenery, but for whatever reason I received the towel, I am forever grateful.
M. Jordan´s Experience
In comparison with my experience, Michael Jordan has also taken many risks during his lifetime. For a period of many years, Jordan aas the world’s best basketball player. As stated by USA today, Michael retired from basketball for the first time in 1993, which followed by signing with the White Sox’s minor league baseball team. He then rejoined his previous basketball team, the Chicago Bulls, again, followed by becoming a basketball team executive. Finally, Jordan returned to playing professional basketball for the third time (11/2, http://www.usatoday.com/sports/basketba/skn/jordan02.html).
He has made many difficult risk-taking decisions. He risked his sponsors, fans, and most of all, his legacy when switching to baseball and then later to retirement. Now Jordan is dressed in a Wizard’s uniform and is back in the game he loves. Yes, there are some who think that Michael should not be playing with the “young guns” (“Michael Jordan vs. The World”, Sports Illustrated). To Jordan this does not mean anything. According to a statement he announced on September 25th, Jordan feels returning to the game is “a no better way of teaching young players” about the game of basketball (11/1, http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/sns-michaeljordan-text.story.html). Granted not everyone is Michael Jordan, but if the great “MJ” can risk all to accomplish his life dreams then anyone can.
In the words of Scott Fite, a world-class motivational author and peak performance success coach, “one cannot see how much is in their hourglass. One must take risks in case their last grain of sand hits the bottom before their goals have been met. Take a step, no matter how small it may seem. An old saying says that a thousand miles begins with a single step. Start today, and do not ask about tomorrow” (10/30, http://www.lifedesigncenter.com/Thoughts/tomorrow.html).
By taking the road less traveled, you can attain the ability to conquer life’s ups and downs. “If tomorrow never comes” take the many risks that God throws in your way, but also relish in the ones that turn out to be the best. I am not going to be a person who sits around; I want to be the lion getting ready to pounce. The statement “If tomorrow never comes”, has not and never will be in my vocabulary.
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