Seeing as this blog was only created less than a week ago, I don't expect that a lot of people will be reading in, but I though it would be fun to do another post (a REAL post) anyway.
The famous "transition period" from high school to college has started! It's a time when young students such as myself pack up all their belongings, wave so-long to their parents and pets, and move on to another phase of their lives. Most students, however, don't have to do this transition phase with a big overseas trip looming immediately before it.
As you guys probably already know, I'm headed to World Games in the Czech Republic in barely more than a week, and I have to have all my stuff packed up before I go. How does one do this without losing his mind? Easy answer, he loses his mind first, then he gets to packing. I'm semi-prone to panic attacks, and believe me, a few have hit (though not real bad) the past few days. Gearing up to go overseas as 1 of only 18 athletes in the United States to represent, in my opinion, the world's greatest country on foreign soil in the form of "sport" is enough pressure, but knowing the whole time I'm there that as soon as I land back home I am moving and starting another challenge-filled portion of my life is a pretty daunting thought.
I don't want it to sound at all like I'm not thrilled about all that's happening in my life; because even through the panic attacks, the ever-constant question of, "Does this shirt go in suitcase, or a box?", and the still 3 practices left I have with Coach Roger and Adam, I'm still completely excited that I've been given the opportunities God has so generously blessed me with. There are billions of athletes on this planet, and I know that the LORD has given me the opportunity to be 1 of 18 to do this competition, and I'm eternally grateful for that.
I guess the point I'm getting at is that I hope and pray, as I hope you are too, that I will be able to rise to these occasions flying my way. I've been given great chances to "show my stuff" in life, and I really hope that I don't drop the ball on this one. In the very back of my mind, I guess I'm worried that I will. Confidence is something I'm not lacking, but I don't have an overwhelming sense of it either. There's a lot coming my way, especially in the next 4 or so weeks, and I guess no matter how confident a person may seem to be on the outside, nervousness is ALWAYS a factor.
Czech Republic: 8 Days
First Day of School/Basketball: 24 Days