|The jacket still fits...|
But there's no letter on it.
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I am not now, nor was I ever an athlete. I played one failed season of little league more than 30 years ago and a few seasons of soccer, both indoor and outdoor. Beyond that, the only other athletic competition I was ever involved in was cross country and track in high school
|The JV letter|
|Letterless with the Dr. Boyle|
Pic from an article about my Eagle Scout project at the school
Somewhere along the way I took my eye off that prize. My senior year I joined three new clubs: Key Club, the yearbook staff, and the drama club. Because the fall production was going on at the same time as cross country, I would sometimes skip practice to attend rehearsals. I was also working at the time, which didn't help with my time management skills. I even missed a couple of cross country meets.
But on Fall Sports Awards night I sat there eagerly waiting for my name to be called and handed that varsity letter. After all, I was a senior and I had earned it, right? Wrong. My name didn't get called. I was disappointed and it took me a long time to accept the fact that it was MY fault I didn't get that letter. I tried playing the blame game, but I'm the one who made the choice to go to different activities and skip cross country. I got too confident I'd get the letter.
|The letter I earned for Key Club|
That's what motivated me to write this. It's another reminder to finish what you start. I regret not seeing my senior season all the way through. Now it's more about just not getting the letter. It's about letting myself and others down along the way. I don't regret joining the other activities though. I just wish I would have been wiser about the timing of everything, but at 17 we think we know everything. Hopefully my actions will be a lesson for my kids in the near future.