Don't Ask What If

by Kendyl Druffel

WA_KDruffel_JanPicOne of my favorite quotes is, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” I believe that this quote should be present in everyone’s every day life, because if you are not willing to try then you will continue to wonder WHAT IF. Last spring, I took a shot on a job that I spent all summer wondering if I had got it. Something that you should know about me is that I have had a passion for athletics since day one. I picked up my first basketball at a very young age and fell in love with the sport. So, last March after taking off my basketball shoes for the last time I knew that I had to find a way to keep my passion alive. After waiting all summer and arriving on campus at Oregon State, I found out that I had gotten the job! Since September, I have been a student manager for the Oregon State Women’s Basketball team. This job has been an amazing opportunity and allows for me to do something that I love every day. Through this job I have been able to work on many skills, meet new people, and even tour the Moda Center (the Portland Trailblazers home court). So sometimes I ponder what if I had not reached out to the program and taken a shot on a job that I was not even sure that I would hear back on. What if I had not asked other student managers how they had gotten their job? What if? But then I remembered it is not about the what ifs, it is about taking action and pursuing something you love.

What I learned from taking a shot is that the what ifs disappear. Not taking a shot means that you will continuously wonder about how things could have been rather than how they are. Asking what if, means you tend to live in the past rather than being present in the now. My challenge for myself this 2018 is to become more mindful and to enjoy the now! I am so thankful that I get to continue to be a part of team and that basketball is still in my life. I also challenge you, the reader, to take a shot you have been holding out on. Make a choice that could change your life for the better. I have taken many chances that I have benefited from and some that I have failed on, but we learn from our failures and mistakes to become a better person. Participating in the Distinguished Young Woman program was shot that I am so glad the I took, so was deciding to attend a university 7.5 hours away from home. The shots we take lead us to unimaginable opportunities and experiences. You just never know what will happen unless you try. So, DO NOT WAIT and get out there today and try something that you have always wanted to do!

Lots of love,

Kendyl

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