The common phrase, “it’s never over till it’s over” is more than just an aphorism. To me, it’s the way I like to live my life. From competitive tennis matches, tough classes I thought I’d never get through and just the everyday challenges of life, I try my hardest to live by this phrase. It’s not always an easy thing to do, but in the end it’s more than rewarding to know that I didn’t give up on something I believed in.
The phrase “it’s never over till it’s over” is often used by athletes and sports fans. Being an athlete myself, I’ve lived by this motto in any sport I’ve played or participated in. There have been many times that I’ve wanted to give up on a 3.1 mile race when cramps come creeping up in my stomach making it hard to breathe and the feeling in my legs giving out. I didn’t give up though, and at the end of the race the feeling of accomplishment is overwhelming. This feeling of accomplishment is what keeps me from giving up and gives me the drive and determination to finish what I started.
One of the most memorable times I’ve used this phrase was during a tennis match against, arguably, the best team in St. Clair County. It was my senior year of high school and I was playing first doubles with a longtime friend as my partner. Our record for the season was close to perfect and because of this winning streak our confidence was through the roof. Even though we were about to face the toughest team around, I believed we had a chance. The match started and I was beyond nervous.
Later on in the match our opponents started catching our nerves and mistakes. My partner and I took advantage of their continuous errors and started pulling ahead! The fact that my partner and I were close to beating this hard-hitting team, a crowd started to gather around. Spectators from the opposing team, parents and my coach’s eyes were all glued to the battle that was happening between our two teams. Clapping, cheering and intentionally distracting noises...