There's a love/hate relationship that comes with the game of basketball. But the most important thing is what you take away from it. It's knowing that no matter how tired you feel, or how broken down your body is, you keep pushing and giving it your best effort until the final buzzer sounds. It's taking pride in your competitive spirit and drive. It's making the winning plays every time down the stretch and shaking off mistakes. It's mentally staying committed to winning, REGARDLESS of what you have to do to obtain it. It's stepping up and leading by example while uplifting and inspiring others to do the same, whether you're on or off the court. It's understanding that you're not above your coach, no matter how good you are, and that he's your coach for a reason. It's understanding that the whistle is out of my control, just like life is, so I just have to play through it. My goal is to keep using basketball as a tool and a source of navigation as I approach adulthood and figure out what I want to do going forward.