The Importance Of Perseverance

The Importance Of Perseverance

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again

Persevere (verb): To persist in anything undertaken; maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement; continue steadfastly.

As college students, we are constantly faced with hurdles. We are forced to jump them, and if we fall down in an attempt, we are forced to make the choice of whether or not to try again or give up. Sometimes, our hurdles are lower than others, and sometimes we're expected to pole volt over the issue in order to move past it. Regardless of the size, a hurdle is a hurdle, and it takes perseverance to jump over them and work your way to the top, your ultimate happiness.

Not only in college, but also throughout life in general, we will have to face situations where we again have the choice to persevere or to accept failure. Life is never, ever going to be easy. It's going to be full of bumps, ups and downs, and some straight aways. How you handle each sharp turn on the road, however, says a lot about who you are as a person and the strength you possess.

By persevering, you will boost your self confidence without a doubt. As I stated above, you will maintain a purpose in spite of the difficulties that you face. When faced with hard times, people often lose touch of who they are, what they want, or what they want to do. It takes just a little bit of effort, maybe some blood, sweat, and tears, to realize you are stronger than you think. When people persevere through their difficult times, they add a little more muscle to their being. They realize, "Hey, I can make it through this crazy ride called life, and I can do it on my own."

Perseverance gives you a sense of independence. Sure, people can help guide you through your bumpy road, but ultimately only you are the one who can overcome the potholes and repave the road. You'll come to know that you don't need someone to hold your hand your entire life. You'll come to appreciate the help when it comes along, but know that if it isn't available, it's okay, because you can do it all on your own.

Life isn't an easy ride, but it's a great ride. Throughout time you learn how to navigate the waters and get a feel for how to dress during different types of weather. Even when it's raining, pouring, storming, persevering brings the sunshine back. Scrounging up the strength to push through a harsh dust storm makes you ten times the person that you were yesterday, and if ever you fail, try, try again, because you know that you can do it.

"When you get into a tight place, and everything goes against you until it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn." - Harriet Beecher Howe

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To The Coach Who Ruined The Game For Me

We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.

I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn’t sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It’s obvious your calling wasn’t coaching and you weren’t meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn’t have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn’t your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that’s how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “it's not what you say, its how you say it.”

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won’t even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don’t hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That’s the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she’s the reason I continued to play.”

I don’t blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn’t working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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