When I was in junior high, I was the captain of the basketball team. When I started high school, I had my big Afro, my Converse high-tops and my attitude. I just knew that I would be a star on the court. But in high school, there were so many kids from other schools. After the tryout, the coach read off the names of the players who had made the team, and I confidently waited for my name. The coach kept on reading the names, but mine wasn’t called. I didn’t make the team. I walked home in a real funk.
The experience was like having the rug pulled out from under me in terms of who I was. When you’re only a high school freshman it’s easy to have an idealistic view of how life should treat you. As I look back at this situation, although challenging, it turned out to be a very healthy experience for me. Getting cut from the team forced me to make different choices.
It’s easy to define yourself by a job, or even with your talents. But, once we do that, I find that we instantly limit ourselves from the wonderful things that have yet to unfold. After being cut from the basketball team I spent more time on my artwork, which took me into wonderful places that even now years later adds a tremendous value to my life.
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