One of my favorite hobbies if not my favorite hobby is basketball. However, it wasn’t always that way. As a child, I was never instead in any sports or played any sports. However, my father, on the other hand, always liked sports, and would always watch basketball and football on the TV. As I entered 4th grade, I tried out basketball for the first time. I figured that if I was to choose between basketball and football, it would have to be basketball, since I was a skinny small boy, I would get pushed around easily in football.
Eventually, all my friends in elementary school were into basketball. This is really what started me into my favorite sport, basketball. I started watching basketball and really got into it. Before, I would occasionally watch basketball with my dad when I got really bored, and it didn’t seem interesting to me at first. However, as I got into basketball more and more, I started really liking watching basketball on the TV.
I first got into basketball by asking my dad for a basketball so that I could practice dribbling and passing. When I got my first basketball from my dad, I would practice and practice, learning the basics and fundamentals from a youtube video. Whenever we would have recess or break time during school, my friends and I would always just play basketball in the courts.
My school was a private school, so we really only had like 20 people in our class. Because of this, we would see everyone everyday, know everyone, and play with the same people every day. Our class was split evenly, around 10 girls and 10 boys. On recess, not all the boys would play basketball, so only around 6 of us would be playing basketball during recess. We would always pick teams, and of course, we knew who was good and who was worse than the others.
Because of this, I was usually be picked second to last if not last. We would try to mix up the teams so that we would play with different people and against different teams. At first, being picked last wasn’t really that bad, as there was only 6 people at the time. Eventually, more students from other grades would play, so we would be able to do 5v5 scrimmages. Even with people in lower grades than me, I would still sometimes be chosen last. Whenever I got chosen last between 10 others, I would sometimes be sad. No one wants to be chosen last, but of course, one person will always be chosen last.
However, I would not keep my head down. Just like Seth Goldin, I didn’t just keep my head down, I used it as an opportunity, an opportunity to show them how good I really can be! I would continue to practice at home and at school. Of course, this practicing and determination payed off, as I would continue to improve.
By the time I reached 6th grade, my school allowed the students to play sports. I would of course, join basketball. We would be in a league and play games with other private schools in orange county. Throughout my first year in basketball, I would barely play and was mainly just on the bench, since the older graders were much more better. However, even though I am not playing, I would once again, continue to keep on trying because I knew I would eventually be that 8th grader and hope to be a starter.
As my years in middle school went on, I would continue to practice and try to improve. When my eighth grade year came, I was ready. I played point guard and shooting guard since I was not tall, so I would always practice my shooting and dribbling. When basketball season had come, I was the starter! I had accomplished my goals and was able to score points and play a lot on the court. Till this day, I still play basketball even if it is not competitively with all my friends and still to this day play basketball with those same friends back in middle school. Overall, all this would not be possible if I had kept my head down and gave up. As long as you put effort and determination into it, anything is possible.
““Never quit something with great long-term potential just because you can’t deal with the stress of the moment” — Seth Goldin