I usually am not a quitter. However, I made a decision this year to give something up.
I gave up winter track and field.
One of the main reasons why I decided to stop was due to the workload I have to deal with on a daily basis. If I did winter track, I would return home and be able to start my homework at around 5 to 6 PM. On meet days, I would get home at an even later time. I give myself credit for being able to handle stress and heavy workloads relatively well, but I don't think that I could add another activity to shorten the amount of time I have to do work even further.
I also decided to stop doing winter track and field because I felt like I didn't belong. The throwing team isn't one big family. It's more like a bunch of different groups of friends. I usually float between one or two groups, but I never really... Fit in? Besides throwing, the majority of my interests were not aligned with anyone else's on the team. Of course, practice isn't "social time," but it's always nice to talk to someone about something else that interests you when you aren't throwing.
There are a couple of other reasons why I'm not doing winter track and field this year. It's partially because shot put isn't my thing. I mean, I could throw half decently, but I don't find much satisfaction or enjoyment in the sport. Also, when I was in season, I really cared about improving my throws, but not everyone had the same motivations as I did. I ended up waiting multiple minutes for my turn, which only lasted a few seconds. This waiting around and inactivity bothered me. Lastly, the gym that we practiced in was pretty dusty and dry, agitating my senses as a result. I don't particularly want to go through that again.
It's strange that I'll have another season off. I'm, of course, going to put this time to good use by training for the spring and by completing my homework. Yes, I am doing spring track and field. Shot may not be "my thing," but I love jav, and I just cannot give that up.
I guess the morale of the story is that it is okay to give up and let something go. While writing this post, I was trying to convince myself not to feel so guilty over not doing winter track and field. Usually, if I start something, I'll see it through, so letting winter track and field go was a strange experience for me. I feel a lot better since I've typed this all up.
To readers who do like to throw shot put or any activity, really, I encourage you to continue that activity! If you enjoy something and are determined to improve at it, don't give it up for small reasons. Happiness is priceless; don't let anyone or anything get in the way of it. In my case, I'm not throwing shot put anymore simply because I found no joy in throwing shot put anymore, among the other reasons that I have listed above.
Have you guys ever given up an activity you once enjoyed? What did you let go? Was it difficult to quit the activity?
Stay motivated, peeps!