Reflections of a Student Athlete
by: Tyler Russell
If you were to ask 100 former student athletes what they regret most about their time spent in high school sports, 99 of them would tell you they should've worked harder. Maybe they would have lifted more, ran longer, ate better, etc. but it would have all been oriented on working harder and producing better on the field, whether it be the gridiron, court, mat or diamond by name. Working hard pays off and often leads to success, but it's not the one thing I regret about my time in high school sports.
Before I get to my biggest regret, I'd like to take the time to introduce a little background. I was never the strongest, the fastest, the tallest or the most athletic, and I am not going to pretend that I worked harder than all of my teammates, whether it be at lacrosse or football, because to say so just wouldn't be the truth. I wasn't as smart as some of my teammates and friends, and of course, just like a majority of high school students, I could have concentrated on my studies. If you are a superstar athlete or stud muffin standout, then maybe you won't exactly understand what I am saying, but if you are the other guys of the teams I advise you to take note. Working hard is a great trait and an excellent tool for success, but it only goes so far. Most of us are not blessed with sublime athleticism and even those that are will see their sporting careers come to an end.
Now, after that rambling of an introduction I'd like to get to the main point. My biggest regret is that I never stopped to take it all in. It sounds corny and it sounds cliche and I guarantee you've heard it before and never let it sink in, but just stop and take it all in. This is not coming from a parent or relative trying to live vicariously through you, but as a college senior who is just beginning to realize the speed at which life goes by. Stop and take it all in. If you don't, you'll wake up when you have finished college or wherever else your life will lead you and wish that you did, as I do now. Take pride in yourself and your team and know that you have been given an opportunity that a majority of this world will never see. Wear your jersey proud on game day and give everything you have of yourself because it will all be over in the blink of an eye.