Don’t Quit

Back when I was in middle school, I was not very coordinated. (Who am I kidding? I’m still not coordinated!) I played volleyball, but I was not one of the good players. In fact, it’s possible that I was the worst girl on the team. I got almost zero minutes of playing time. Sitting on the bench all year is hard. After the school season was over, I played club volleyball. I think I only made that team was because they needed more bodies. It definitely wasn’t because of my skills on the court.

The season sucked. The girls on the team were mean prima donnas. We didn’t win very many games. I managed to improve, but it was painfully difficult to do so. Thankfully I had a good coach who believed in me. She saw that I had a good attitude and tried hard.  After the season ended, my coach gave me this:

It’s a poem on a tiny laminated piece of cardstock. I’ve kept track of it since 1998 when she gave it to me, and now it hangs in my classroom by my desk. When I’m having a particularly hard day (be it with teaching, or running, or the deployment, or life in general), I re-read it. I think about how my coach believed in me even though I didn’t appear to have what it takes. And I try to believe in myself.

Interestingly enough, I served the winning point of the first game of the 8th grade season. Boo-yah!  There’s a little dose of inspiration for your Friday. You are welcome.*

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10 thoughts on “Don’t Quit

  1. Have you emailed or seen your coach since then to tell her what this has meant to you? Would be a cool thing to do. I wonder what she’d say.

    I still have a ruler from one of my favorite teachers from 2000. I had him sign it. haha. me = nerrrrrd.

    By the way, I’ve thought about taking up a new team sport and I am pretty sure it would be Daria-esque. I’ll have to remember the poem your coach gave you :)

    • I don’t know her last name! We just called her by her first name, so I wouldn’t know how to go about finding her. I wish I could tell her thanks, though. And I love the ruler story! Haha!*

  2. Good story :) I’m sure you’ll be one of those awesome mentors like your volleyball coach.

  3. That is so sweet! I wasn’t very coordinated either in middle school (still aren’t, that’s why I run). I played basketball. I was the shortest person on the team and couldn’t even use my scrawny arms to make a free throw, it was too difficult. Thankfully, all my teammates were awesome cause I could totally see how that would be a difficult situation.

    I have kept through all these years my graphing calculator from 9th grade. It means a lot to me because my parents at the time didn’t have a lot of money to part with and they surprised me with this calculator (which I did need and thought I’d have to just borrow from the library). I know how much they gave up to buy it for me and I’ve kept it all these years.

  4. I love that poem; thanks for sharing! :)

  5. That is so cool of your coach! Love that you’ve kept it this whole time and still look back to it for inspiration!

  6. Love it! And I second the idea that you should try to contact your coach.

  7. I love that you kept that :)

    I never played team sports because I wasn’t coordinated and the girls were bitches haha!

  8. I’ve heard of that poem before from others, but this is the first time I’ve actually gotten to see and read the entire thing! It’s so inspiring!

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