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Volume 56
Issue 1

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I Believe in Sharks
Rees Hamilton
I believe in sharks. Sharks are the only animal that can’t move backwards. If a shark swims backwards it will suffocate and die. Just likes sharks, I believe that you should focus on what is right in front of you and let go of the past because holding on to the past can limit your experiences in the future.
Two weeks ago my golf team played in a tournament in Florida. It was the first one since summer and everyone was nervous. The competition was hard, and stakes were high since this was a qualifying round. The first day of the tournament the wind was blowing and it was pouring down rain. As we started our round, I could tell it was going to be a rough day. And it was. I hit it out of bounds, in the water, and in the sand traps. By the last hole there were tears in my eyes because I was so upset with my performance that day. As I finished my round, I walked up to my coach and said “what was that.” I had been practicing and playing all winter, and didn’t understand why I had played so bad. After that I literally wanted to quit. I was up all night replaying every shot in my head. The next day I was talking to my coach about my round. He said that when you put way to much stress on yourself, and hold on to past experiences there is no way you will move on and play better. He helped me realize that I had already worked so hard, and that if I learn to control my emotions and look forward and not back, then I will play confidently.
When I got back home I had to start preparing for my next tournament that was the following weekend. All week I did not want to play. My head was still going over every swing I took. I still could not move on.
The day before the next tournament my coach said, “you have to leave everything that happened last weekend behind because it doesn’t matter, one bad tournament doesn’t define you.” After he said this I realized that he was right. I couldn’t do anything to change how I played, all I could do was work harder and learn from my mistakes. I had to let go of the past and move on. The next weekend I played great. Everything that happened the past weekend didn’t matter anymore, and learned that I can’t focus on what is in front of me, when I haven’t let go of the past all I can do is focus on what is right in front of me, just like sharks.