The biggest life lesson I've learned from playing sports is life is not fair. I'll put in the same amount of practice time as my teammates but this does not guarantee equal playing time.
When I'm a bench warmer I could sulk and feel bad about myself but I choose to remain positive and focus on cheering and encouraging my teammates.
Sports also have taught me to be mentally strong. This is extremely important while I'm playing. I have to believe I will perform well. If I have a bad game I might be tempted to break down and think negative thoughts about myself, but I don't.
I focus on what I can do better the next time and remember I'm not perfect. I'm learning from my mistakes and make an effort not to repeat what didn't work for me.
I've learned how to perform under pressure. Whether I'm at school taking a test or standing at the free-throw line, I take deep breaths and calm myself down. When I slow things down and don't rush, I'm able to keep my composure and not panic. The end result is I perform better.
Playing sports has helped me become self-disciplined. I get to bed early the night before a game. I make an effort to be on time for practice, and to be one hour early for a game. I don't drink pop or eat junk food good nutrition is a must for me.
I've realized there is a direct correlation between my dedication and commitment and the results I achieve. I see this on the court and off. To become a better basketball player I must practice, practice, practice. To get good grades I must study, study, study.
I learned to play with heart and emotion. Sometimes it's OK to cry and it's OK to laugh and have a good time. I think it's important to take life seriously but also know when to have fun. I try to be the best I can be and to enjoy what I'm doing and to take pride in it.
I try to make goals that I want to accomplish and try to achieve them. I try to live in the moment and not worry about the future, because it will come before you know it.
This article is the opinion of Kadie Perletti. Perletti is a junior at Skyview High School.
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