The end of the school year is so close. Although it seems like just yesterday I was sitting in homeroom on the first day of school, the Will then and the Will now are two entirely different people. I know, it’s not much of a throwback. But still, I’ve changed tremendously since August 25!
I’ve told you about my decision to quit cross country before, but I’ve never really gone into too much depth. This is a really touchy subject. I don’t want anyone to think that I “gave up” or abandoned my team. I also don’t want my team to get the impression that I dislike any of them. That is absolutely not the case.
I quit simply due to a shift in interests. I’m not gonna lie, I hated racing this year. Sophomore year- no problem. I went out onto that 5k course and had a blast. This year was just different. I didn’t enjoy the 5k distance at all. I LOVED the long run days at practice, but dreaded anything dealing with speed, which is essentially the 5k: 3.1 speedy miles.
I’m not quite sure what finally motivated me to tell my parents that I didn’t like it anymore. Perhaps it was social media, seeing how much fun everyone was having running in half marathons and marathons. I wanted in on that fun, and I wanted the opportunity to do it all year round, not just during the off season.
Whatever the motivation, I finally worked up the courage and told my parents. They weren’t certain that I had thought it through. Concerned that I would regret it, they discouraged me from quitting. However, they gave me their full support with any decision I would decide to make.
But, I am so happy with all I have accomplished and plan to accomplish now that I’m no longer running for the school. I mean, who knew that I would start training to become a fitness instructor at 17 years old? Who knew I would be planning for my first marathon? If you told me I would be reaching for these goals on August 25, I would’ve thought you were crazy.
It’s amazing how much our interests can shift in such a small period of time. But, life is funny that way! Our aspirations change, and that is perfectly fine. Chase your dreams! You only live once, might as well do what you love 🙂
How about you?
- Have you ever experienced a big shift in interests?
- What’s a hard decision that you’ve had to make?
- Random question: Quick! What’s your favorite type of squash? (There’s so many to choose from)