Graduation season is upon us. College seniors have moved on and high school seniors are enjoying their last few weeks in high school before they set off for future endeavors. From senior picnics, to senior prom, and finally graduation, seniors are savoring every last bit of what’s left of their high school career. For our basketball players, the senior moment may have begun at your last basketball game. A feeling of excitement with a sprinkle of sadness.
Endings are also a mixed bag of emotions, but as the saying goes, “when one door closes, another door opens.”
At FindaBaller, we’ve been there. Whether it was our last high school basketball game, the moment we walked across the stage and was handed our high school diploma or the moment we received a college acceptance letter. We’ve all learned some things and we still have a lot of things to learn. But, since we pride ourselves at doing the best we can to share the lessons we learned with you, here is some graduation advice to help you make the most out of your last few weeks and prepare you for your future.
1. Enjoy every moment. Don’t grow up too fast. Instead of always thinking to the future, live in the current moment. It’s important to be 18, to be 19, to be 20 and not think about the day when you’re 25. Live here and now because you’ll never get another chance to do so (unless you invent time travel.)
2. Take risks and don’t be afraid to fail. You’ll never regret something you did, you’ll most likely regret something you didn’t do. So take a hint from Nike and “Just Do It!” Try out for the basketball team, take that trip, try that new food. Every risk we take is a chance for us to grow. And failing? It’s just a hurdle that makes life more challenging and success sweeter.
3. Be kind. Whether it’s on the court demonstrating sportsmanship or in the classroom helping a fellow classmate, it’s important to be kind to others. Shaking hands after the game is just a way of expressing to the other team gratitude for playing with each other. Take that gratitude and spread it throughout your life.
Most of all, bring your level of dedication of basketball to the rest of your life.