For the past matches I’ve witnessed with the University of the East Red Warriors, this UAAP season is very alike to my first year at the Dawn – struggling and barely breathing.
Winning and losing is not just found in games. It is even more present on our daily lives, like meeting your parents’ expectation, enjoying what a twenty year old does, waiting for your own fairytale story to happen, moving on from an unpleasant memory, just to mention a few.
May I ask, what is worse: to find and lose something, or to lose and not to find it at all?
We may have not experienced losing from a hard ball action, rebuilding a young squad, or trying to impress a dying crowd but we easily feel downhearted when all the while the thought of having a special came to an end, the desire of having peace was deprived, the thrill of winning a title appeared not to be yours, and a lot of other similar stories. How much more when we face both?
I have told a friend that in order to forget an unpleasant memory: it has to be replaced with a lot better event. Funny but the bare joy of knowing that a big cheese knows your name, keeps you on track, and sharing crazy yet rational stories rebuilds the confidence in you. However, as Harry Potter said in the book’s last chapter, it all ends. Not all remains. Changes occur. Everything fades.
We may choose to die down with the momentum and somehow express downbeat gestures but not forever. Like death, a loss is a given element to one’s life. The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything. It is not who you are that holds you back, it is who you think you are not.
Stop believing that your situation is unfair. Be more concerned not with what you have tried and failed in, but with what is still possible to do. To be a real Warrior, impossible is not a word. It is just a reason not to try. Be a Warrior who will endure not just the name itself but the spirit it has ‘til the end.
Remember: Many start strong, but only a few finish. Fight the good fight of faith, dear fellows.