In my last journal entry, I wrote about a time where I had a little controversy over whether I was going to tryout again, and I ended up trying out and making it. But, that isn't the only time rejection could come up; it actually comes up many times in a person’s lifetime. But usually people don't take risks because they are afraid that they won't do it. In one case, this kid from my town who I knew as a lifeguard at the local pool, and one of the swim team coaches when I was on the swim team, probably one of, if not the smartest person I know, he also was extremely athletic. He was a senior in high school and he got into his college and was preparing to go there, but all he talked about was the college that he really wished that he was going to, and I said to him, “Oh I’m sorry to hear that you didn't get in.” and he said “No, no, I didn't even apply to the school.”
He didn't apply there because he was afraid that he was not good enough, he was afraid that they would reject him. But, who knows now, he could have gotten in, but we will never know because he did not apply. All it would have cost him was a little time to write the application and stuff, and maybe a little money. But so what, then he would have known if he had what it took to go there or not. So, whether its trying out for a camp, or applying to a school, or even asking out a girl, its always good to take those risks, sometimes even if you know they might not work out, because usually, you do have what it takes, and the only thing that is stopping you from getting it, is your own fear of rejection. Its always important to remember that whatever the risk is, if you take it, and earn what you hoped to earn, it will feel a hell of a lot better than if you didn't even take that risk at all and you were still thinking about taking it for a while, maybe even the rest of your life. Even if you do get rejected, it will only sting for a little bit.