No Regrets

By Macaela Bennett on September 07, 2013
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One of my biggest fears is that one day I will look back on my life and have regrets. While neither fear nor failure is an escapable aspect of life, my goal for my senior year is to not allow either one of them to affect me.

I want to live out my senior year without the fear of failing affecting my decisions. Especially in this economy, where jobs are scarce and colleges are increasingly expensive, it is easy for students to allow fear to hold them back from accomplishing their dreams, whether that is going to college or pursuing other routes.

Fear holds us back

Something that often results from fear is regret. I can’t begin to count the number of times that fear has held me back from doing something that I later regretted not being a part of.

While in some situations, fear acts as a positive because it deters us from doing things we shouldn’t do, many times in my life I have allowed fear to hold me back from accomplishing my dreams.

In high school, especially, I think that fear plays a large role in many students’ lives. Whether the fear of a bad grade influences us to take the easier course, not making the team persuades us to not even try out, or getting made fun of discourages us from asking a lonely freshman to eat lunch with us, fear holds a lot of students back from potentially great things.

Giving it my best effort

I don’t think that there is any way to ever completely escape having regrets, but I do believe that I can combat them and the best way I know to do that this year is to work my hardest at everything I do.

Every autumn, I have regretted not getting more summer mileage for cross country, and I always end the season thinking how much better I could have been if I had just worked a little harder.

After suffering a heart-wrenching loss that ended my soccer season last spring, I promised myself that if I accomplished one thing my senior year, it would be to work my hardest at whatever I do, because my best effort doesn’t allow for regrets. If something doesn’t work out, there is nothing to regret because I gave it my best go, and I couldn’t have worked any harder to achieve a different outcome.

I sincerely hope that when I look back at my life in a few years, I won’t think “what would have happened if I had been nicer to that person, studied more for that test, or trained harder for that sport.” I want to graduate high school knowing that I did everything in my power to reach my full potential as a student, athlete and friend.

Even if I work my hardest and I don’t graduate in the top ten and my soccer team doesn’t go to state, I know that I won’t have any regrets because I don’t believe that the second-place team is a failure if they gave it their best effort.

The same goes for colleges; they don’t just look at the students who were number one in their classes because they recognize the value of students who will work their hardest at everything they do.

Success isn’t measured in awards or trophies, but in the amount of effort you give to achieve it.

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Macaela Bennett

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