Never Say Never

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It doesn’t always work the first time. Sometimes it takes a couple tries, it takes persistences, determination, passion..

I remember back in college I tried out for the cheerleading squad, I had been a cheerleader (Competitive All-Star teams) for 7 years prior to these tryouts. The crazy part is I had been on this team the year before, but I didn’t make the squad this time. I wasn’t want they were looking for that specific year. I was discouraged, confused, defeated and honestly a little betrayed. The judges were all my past coaches.. it was like I was living a nightmare. I thought my cheer-life was over, and I’d never be on a collegiate team again. But still, I didn’t give up. I loved cheer, had a passion for it, and a natural talent.

Growing up, it took me a long time and a lot of effort to believe in myself, but after many years of dedication and practice, encouragement from my family, motivation from my friends and the support of my teammates, I finally believed in myself. And then this happened. REJECTION. It was a horrible feeling, I was knocked down and out for a while. But after some time, I dusted off and got back up. I prayed about it, processed it all, then started practicing more, worked out more.. then one day, partway through the Cheer season I got a call from my cheer coach.

Holding a bit of a chip on my shoulder I answered with my guard up, she sounded slightly nervous. She explained to me that one of their “flyers” (top girl) had been removed from the squad and they really needed me to replace her. After a wave of emotions I asked her a few questions, “what went wrong?”, “what do I need to work on?”, “I need some time to think this over.” I ended up speaking with my coach again soon after and accepted the offer.

Although there were hardships, up-hill battles, embarrassment, betrayal, it ended up being a great season. We went to Nationals in Disneyland! I made a lot of friends and rekindled friendships from the prior seasons before.

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10′ SJSU Cheer team at Nationals

When you have a passion for something, use that as your motivation, inspiration and encouragement. Always believe in your self. Always continue to practice your craft, even when you’ve reached an All-Star level. Let rejection and betrayal motivate you to do better not be bitter. Make sure to always ask questions, find out what you need to work on more. Always keep an open mind, you never know when you’ll receive that call telling you that you’re needed. Never say never. 

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