It’s you again. :) Oh, it’s a smiley face (you have to look at it sideways). Don’t start doing it.
The last letter turned up some interesting results. It didn’t improve our life nor our memories. It seems the feeling of regret is not necessarily tied to a specific moment or moments in time but rather to a memory as a whole. Interesting. We’ll have to test that theory more in the future, but for now we are going to focus on a different type of scenario.
You should be reading this about halfway through your sophomore year of high school and you should be just starting to play with the basketball team (go Warriors!). I realize you have a lot of things going on in your life right now and there are some impending changes that are distracting you, but don’t let it take away from this time. Basketball is one of our favorite things still and it needs to play a bigger role in our life during your time. Play the way you play. Don’t worry about running plays or the fact that you came in late. You are one of the better players and you need to show that. Enjoy playing basketball.
Next year you will be in a new school in a new state. You are going to want to not play, sort of as an act of rebellion, but I implore you not to do that! Play! Don’t worry about being in a new school or not knowing anyone, you don’t stay friends with any of them anyway. But basketball is a joy and if you focus and stay dedicated, maybe we can make something out of it. I’m not saying you’re going to join the NBA or anything, but college ball is not out of the question. And you’re better than all of those Midwestern hicks, so don’t let that hold you back.
If you do, come your senior year you will be playing with a freshman named Steven Hill (you’ll know him when you see him). There will be scouts checking him out and maybe you can impress them. But you’ll have to continue to improve. Work on your left hand, your floaters, and your passing. You’ll meet a kid named Bryden at Point Royale at some point. Play with him more. Practice with him. He has a great work ethic and can teach you a lot.
This may not work out. This may do nothing but take up all your free time, but you don’t use that for anything good anyway (work…pft!). Even so, you’ll have more fun those first few years there.