Seventh grade was the leap for me from childhood into adolescence. Everything was new to me: new school, new teachers, new friends, and a new soccer team. This team was special because it was my first club team. I joined club soccer because I wanted to be like everyone and else and fit in in this brand new environment. Also, I figured being on a club team would increase my chances of making the school team in the fall. Club soccer was definitely more intense, physical, and difficult than I had imagined. I felt as if the fate of the world rested on my shoulders each time the ball entered our half and my job was to clear it out. Other girls dug their elbows into my ribcage, fighting for the ball, as if it were a prized possession. It was challenging for me, but nothing I thought I could not handle.
In the fall, school tryouts began. As I jogged along with the rest of the girls through the dewy, morning grass, I reassured myself that I played club, so I would not be cut. As tryouts went on, I watched the other members of my club team, one by one, get picked apart from the crowd like grapes on a vine. I was that one squishy and soft grape left on the vine that no one want...
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...ications that are usually earned through hard work. This lesson will carry on with me, like a backpack, on my journey through life.
Just like soccer players shoot, miss, and score, I did the same. I shot the ball when I decided to try out for the school team and join a club team, which was a little out of my comfort zone. In seventh grade, I missed the goal of being on the soccer team because I did not push myself hard enough when I should have. Finally, in eighth grade, I scored when I reached my goal and made the team. Looking back, I do not regret this experience as I know that I must work hard for whatever I want, it will not be just handed to me. I will continue to shoot, miss, and score throughout my life, but I will always remember that, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you do not take.”
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