Originally Posted by Maker_84
Idk if anyone else feels like this but I'm getting to that point in my life i realize that i definitely didn't make it in sports. I went to a school that produces a lot of talent in basketball and football and some people who i associated with and were good friends i see on TV in the NBA and NFL. I actually played 1-AA football for a couple years but wasn't quite good enough to get consistent playing time. I'm 24, a recent college grad, have a nice girlfriend but sometimes feel like i didn't accomplish anything because of this. Seeing athletes on tv that are my age and even younger make me always think what could have been and is upsetting. Anyone else ever think or feel this way?
Didn't accomplish anything? You're 24, the world is in front of you; there is plenty of time to accomplish lots of things. So you're never going to be a professional athlete? Welcome to the 99% of people who never make a dime playing sports. Again, you're 24, a college graduate with a nice girlfriend, perhaps even a future wife. 20 years from now, Chad Johnson is going to be remembered mostly for his silly acts and getting cut on cable TV. Sure he's had a nice football career, just shy of a borderline hall of famer, however if reports are true he's pretty much broke, had multiple children w/ multiple women and isn't much of a father to any of them. He's hardly alone in that regard.
meanwhile, stock away $75 a week for the rest of your life and retire a millionare. Find a good wife, one that shares your beliefs (or at least understands them) and morals, someone that both challenges and nutures you and you won't have to chase love the way many professional athletes have lossing half their wealth in divorce settlements or to child support payments. Enjoy that your knees won't be wrecked at 40 and getting out of bed won't be a struggle. Enjoy your kids if you have them, teach them the things you've learned thru life, try to mold them into good citizens and better people.
Sure being a professional athlete would be great, especially if your lucky enough to have the talents of a Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning, Scott Rolen, etc.. but not reaching that level shouldn't upset you. Appreciate the things you have, the things you can accomplish, don't envy the things others have accomplished. If you live your life the right way, there's plenty of profesional athletes that will glady trade their lives for your life 20 years from now.