Sometimes as humans, we are so quick to give up.
How many times have we been turned down and just decided to stop?
How often do we take rejection as a sign of failure?
Look for others to give us the green light?
Feel defeated if something doesn’t go right the first time?
`Over the past two years, I have faced many ups and downs in my home life, school life, and sports life. Roughly two years ago, I had surgery to basically rebuild my right shoulder. This surgery took place just as my tennis season was about to begin. I was devastated to say the least; I was in a huge sling for three months and unable to move my arm on my own for five months. During my 11 month recovery I couldn’t play the sport I loved, I couldn’t give my parents a real hug, I had trouble in school, and to be honest with you, I wasn’t the happiest person to be around. I was constantly needing someone to help me with something! I am a SUPER independent person who was relying on others for everything.
`To make a long story short, 2013 and most of 2014 was a struggle for me. My parents always tell me that we go through hard times to get to the best times. The season after my surgery was quickly approaching and I still hadn’t touched my racket. My doctors all thought I needed to take my time and ease into the sport I had missed so much. Tennis is a sport I get to play on my own with individual results. It is a sport that I control to some extent and I thrive on the freedom of independence. I thrive on the highs and lows of the game because for every mistake, the learning and reward that comes is mine! I had four weeks until tryouts when I grabbed my racket for the first time. I worked extremely hard those four weeks to just make the team; I had to relearn how to hold my racket and service the ball in a whole new way! With hard work and total dedication I made #3 on the varsity team!
`This post is to share experiences, we all have hard times but we are never alone! No matter what you are struggling with, never give up! Many people don’t open up about their struggles because they believe it is not valid or worthy of attention. YOU SHOULD NEVER COMPARE YOUR STRUGGLES WITH SOMEONE ELSES! Whatever in life you are facing, the impact it has on you is big.
This Bible Verse got me through my rough patches and will continue to get me through hard days:
“but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31
Encouragement to Keep Trying
* journal your thoughts about what you are good at, what you excel at and what others compliment you on
*post this Bible Verse on your bathroom mirror and say it out loud every time you look at
*help someone else who is wanting to give up, it will empower you to keep trying
*list 5 things you love about yourself
You girls are not alone. This is my story of falling down and standing back up again. What is yours?