I don't know about you, but when I look back on my life there are definitely things that I regret. Those moments that you look back on and think, "wow, I wonder what would have happened if..."
For me that moment was in Year 11. It was the Under 18's representative basketball tryouts. I went to the first tryout and the coach made us run laps for five hours (ok, so maybe it was closer to one hour). I was dead by the end of it and I decided I wasn't cut out for representative sport and didn't attend the next two tryouts. Soon after I gave up playing competitive basketball all together.
Now, I'd be kidding myself if I said that making that rep team would have lead to me becoming an NBA player but certainly it would have been a massive opportunity. I missed out on doing something I dreamed about since I was a kid.
These missed opportunities can haunt us a little bit. Quite often there things we never get a second chance at. I'm determined to not let opportunities pass me by anymore. Sometimes that puts me in awkward or uncomfortable situations, but it's worth it to not be a bitter and boring when I'm 90 years old. As the old phrase goes: carpe diem/seize the day.