Personal Narrative: My Decision To Quit Softball

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When was the last time you made a decision that changed your lifestyle? For myself, it was the day I decided to quit softball. I remember my mother asking “Do you really want to quit softball?” Without hesitation, I said “yes”. Did I really think about how different everything was going to be? No, I would say I took the easy way out. Even though there were bumps along the way, I would say I believe everything happens for the best.
It was around Fall season in 2012, when I made the decision to quit, just after I fractured my pitching hand for the second time. I remember my family, friends, and people I didn’t even know, constantly asking me “Why did you quit? You were so good.” At first, my reason was “I lost the love for the game.” I was actually pretty content with my life after quitting because I never knew how it felt to just relax for once since I was busy with sports all of my life. Then
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I was beginning to regret quitting softball because it was like okay what do I do now with my life? Since I was always in good shape because of sports, I never felt self-conscious about weight or body. Until I heard from my peers, “It looks like you’ve put on some weight after quitting ball.” The more I heard it, the more I started to believe it. Whenever someone complimented me with “you are so pretty”, I never really accepted that compliment because I didn’t believe I was pretty. I became extremely self-conscious with my body image. When I saw myself in the mirror, I would point out all of my flaws. I saw more stretch marks appearing on my body, my face was chubby, and I had love handles. I wouldn’t wear a bathing suit for the next couple of summers because I wasn’t comfortable wearing one after hearing comments on my weight. I didn’t go out as much and spend time with all my friends around that time because I didn’t want them to see me like this, I was embarrassed with this weight