Last week, I made a huge decision that if you asked me about four weeks ago, I would have never thought I would be making. After tons (and I mean tons) of thought, I ended up quitting my high school lacrosse team to focus on school. It was one of the most difficult things I've had to decide, and I had been going back and forth weighing the pros and cons for days.
As lame and boring as it may sound, it really came down to the fact that it's my junior year and that my grades ultimately come first. It may not be the most exciting thing I've ever done, but quitting has allowed me to really take the extra time to study extra hard to earn the A or A+, whereas before I would have settled for a B+ or A- because I would be short on time at night. I was always crabby, stressed and in a generally bad mood because balancing everything was just too much for me. Would I rather be spending time with one of my favorite group of girls and getting in tons of exercise? For sure. But in the end, though, I really had to think about my goals and what is best for me and my future.
Although I am already missing the amazing moments spent with my team, I know that in the end I made the right decision for me. I have more time to thoroughly complete homework, prepare in advance for tests, study for the ACT, get enough sleep and go workout on my own at the gym. Not to mention, I am even able to carve out more time for citrus & style, something I am oh-so happy about :)
If I could tell you one thing I've learned at this point in my high school career, it's this: know what is best for you. It may seem really scary to make a decision that forces you to evaluate what is most important for you, but I can promise that it will all work out in the end. Decide what your priorities are and what you need to do to be able to focus on those the most. You might have to let something go, like a sport or club you love, but if it's what you need to do, do it and don't look back.
I'm curious: have any of you been in similar situations?
Share yours below because I bet we can all learn from your experiences!