Personal Narrative: The Greatest Failure In My Life

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Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” One of the biggest setbacks and failures I had faced in my life was during my high school volleyball season of junior year. The kickoff of the season was quite simple: go to practice, earn a spot to start, and play hard. After I had succeeded in earning a spot on the varsity team I actually started as a bench player thus I didn’t earn the spot to start on the court. However, at our first tournament, one our starters, Tyler, had injured himself and so I was the next in line to take his spot. We had ended up winning the consolation bracket and my spot to start on the team was locked in. It started to seem like volleyball was looking up for me that season, little did I know that I would ruin it for me. …show more content…
I started on the team and play well during games. Tragically, everything started to go downhill once Tyler had returned from his injury. The declining slope commenced with the first practice, he returned to. Our coach, Kyle, had my team play six on six, with the starters on one side and the rest on the other. With me being as naive as ever, I gave up my spot and let Tyler start, without a fight, without a response, I just let it go. In the back of my mind I knew that my coach would simply give Tyler back his spot, as he was a man who had a “special affinity” with his seniors and I was only a junior. My action subsequently became the downfall of me for the rest of that season. Whenever I was substituted into a volleyball match, I would do so horrible that I would instantly get substituted out four to five points later. After every match I would get pitied by my teammates and my coach but that only made me feel worse. Then the true judgement came down when one special person give me their opinion, my

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