well. I was just having fun out there. In my mind, I had no doubt that I wouldmake the team, and on top of that, I got to hang out with my friends and dothe thing that I loved most. Well, I’m not sure if it could have gotten anybetter, but I know that it went downhill at this point. In the span of fiveminutes, which felt like an eternity, the day shifted from absolute enjoymentto a nightmare.
Akser 4The coach of the varsity team saw how I was playing and completelyshook my world when the next words that came out of his mouth were,“Mehmet! Head over to the other court, everyone else keep playing.” Thatpart of the court was for the players who didn’t make the team. Everyonewas looking at me at that time as I made my way across to the other court.This became one of the most intimidating times in my life. Now, I amthinking if I had mentally prepared myself for that moment, I probably wouldhave had a much different feeling crossing that court. With the propermental preparation, I would have seen the coach's instruction as a challengeor at least an opportunity to improve as a player. Unfortunately, I had notbeen mentally prepared for such a significant occurrence.Being an adult now, I still wonder every now and again about whatmight have been. I remember the regret that I felt when tryouts ended.What if, instead of embracing my fear at that time, I would have found a wayto push through mentally and had been able to attack that challenge head-on. At the end of that season, the same varsity coach stopped me in the halls