Seniors shouldn’t quit the sport they’ve played for years
Kassi Orr, Times Staff Writer
Since freshman year, you have always had your team to count on. On or off the court or field, they were there for you—your family. The practice field is your home away from home, and the coach is as caring as your parents. You’ve built a second life with this sport: It’s become a part of you.
As you stand anxiously, surrounded by your brothers or sisters, the lights are off, except for one large circle, big enough to present one person. Your heart flutters when it hits you; as the emcee introduces you to the crowd, you run toward your coach, who greets you with a rose and a, “It’s been a good four years.”
Suddenly, you wake up, and begin to get ready for work. The dream was only a vivid memory you wish you could have, but instead you gave it up for a job that exhausted you for a mere $8 an hour at 18 hours a week, if you are lucky. Longing for a second chance, you wish you could go back in time and take it all back. You would give anything to be able to play your final game of your high school career, but it’s too late.
You are now 30 years old, working 48 hours a week, and the time that is not occupied by work, is filled with taking care of the kids. All the free time you once had is gone, and there is no way to get it back. You can’t help but think, “I wish I had waited just a little longer.”
It’s senior year, time to grow up. For many students, the way to do this is by finding a job, which will not leave them any time for their beloved sport. They see jobs as a way to create responsibility, and bring in a little money; the perfect transition to adulthood. Unfortunately when a student is forced to choose between their identity and a job, minimum wage often wins.
Senior year is also a time to fix regrets before they happen. A student that is passionately involved in a sport should stick to it. Why not check around for jobs opening up after the final game of the season? There is plenty of time to work after that, but when will you have another chance to play your final game?
Putting focus to the future can be helpful but also harmful to a person’s present. Thinking about the future too much doesn’t leave room to live for today. The lack of memories a person submits to can often create regrets later on. If all you live for is the future, what is there to do when you are 50? Work on the perfection of your grave?
Having a job can be a good thing, but not at the expense of a season of wonderful memories. People would be a lot less miserable if they just stuck to their sports in their younger years.