Have you ever been so sure of a win that you walk into your speech results with your head held high? You’re thinking, “I have this in the bag, I’m definitely moving onto State.” Yet when the results come back, and your mind draws a blank. The judges did not call your name for advancing to State Competition. How could this have happened? All of that preparation, hard work, countless hours of gathering knowledge, and reciting your speech, you was sure that you nailed it. Yet you’re stuck there wondering, “What’s next for me?”
So what is next for you? You was sure of that win, but things did not turn out the way you would have liked. This is a topic all too relatable, losing a competition. Sometimes you tend to get caught up in the moment and you don’t exactly think what is next for you. However, giving up is never the option. To often, many people tend to give up instead of moving forward. Relate back to your favorite sports team. Not everyone can go through a perfect season, somewhere in their record comes a loss. Yet we always see them playing at the next game. Why is that? They think back to their loss, and think of times where they could have gave just a little bit more effort. You always see them come back with a more determination and willpower to get that “W”. Not everyone is “perfect”, because if that was the case, then this world would be a very dull one.
Being the very best is not always a good thing. You have to got through hard times to be successful. There is this lady that has persevered through racism and personal struggles, yet has wound up on top. This lady is Oprah Winfrey. Oprah had a rough childhood going through tough, personal, dark times, but she is now called, “The Queen of Daytime Television.” Oprah battled through tough times and wounded up on top of the entertainment world. Yet how does this relate back to you? How does Oprah’s life and a sports team loss relate back to you? Going through tough times in your life is normal, because sometimes it makes you a stronger person in the end. Losing is not always the preferred result, but find the positives out of the loss. Always ask yourself, “What could I have done better?” Use that positive mindset to get you through the loss. The “Beauty of Losing” is that you learn from that loss to become a better person at the end of the day.
-Mason Ward, Missouri
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