First off, happy S.A.D. everyone!
(that stands for Singles Awareness Day if there were any unaware spectators floating out in the internet cloud)
I spent my S.A.D. with homework, music, and ice cream. Sweet, delicious ice cream. Not a bad time at all, if you ask me- but that isn’t the point. The point is that I CAN BREATHE AGAIN!!!
Since October of 2013, I’ve been playing on the JV basketball team at my school. Now, going into this, I was thinking that I’d use it as a way to stay in shape, and just for fun, y’know? However, I continued on to find out that being on the school team involved two hours of practice every day, three-hour long games that sometimes involved having to miss important classes, and lots of running. So much running.
But me being me, I decided to continue on and play.
So at that time my schedule consisted of two hours of basketball every day and three hours of homework to accompany it. Sounds decently easy, right? Just five hours of time outside of school itself.
On top of schoolwork and basketball, I have music. Tons of music. Multiple different music lessons and having to practice for them as well adds up, and before I knew it, I was falling behind in everything. It wasn’t just one area that was suffering- it was everything. I’ve never ever really been this busy before, so I didn’t know how to handle anything. I just kinda panicked and as a result procrastinated even more. And that did not end very well for me.
But now it’s February, and our last game was today. Our last practice was yesterday. Our season is over. And even though I’m sad that I won’t get to play with some of my teammates anymore, I’m just incredibly relieved. Somehow I feel a bit more free, like I have enough time to get what I’m really passionate about done on time instead of just falling behind in everything.
Through basketball, I have learned a lot. I’ve learned about the importance of time management, I’ve learned how to form strong connections with new people, and of course I’ve learned about the sport itself. I had a great time in the past four and a half months, and even though I’m exhausted, it was all definitely more beneficial than degenerating for me.
So what I’m trying to say (even though I don’t think I said it very well) is that if there is ever something that you are even the slightest bit interested in, check it out for yourself before deciding against it- you never know what could come out of trying something that’s a little bit off from the path that you’ve previously imagined for yourself.
Learn something new!