Hey Mom? For homework I need to interview someone who has gone through "an organizational or personal change". Can you answer some questions for me?
Sure thing! Hit me!
Well, a huge personal change for me was when I decided to retire from competitive shooting. It was my life for 10 years and leaving was a big deal.
Ok, organizational or personal change?
Some. My coach didn't like the idea because he thought I was quitting before I had achieved my potential. Some of the resistance was perceived, though.
Of course, I'm sure that was a big change. Next question: did you encounter any resistance to this change?
Subconsciously I expected people to resist my leaving, like my parents who had put so much time and money into it. It turned out that they knew I was ready long before I did, so they were just waiting for me to pull the trigger, so to speak.
Interesting. What do you mean by "perceived" resistance
Exactly! I knew I could have gone all the way to the Olympics, but, after I was diagnosed with a thyroid disease and went through all the ups and downs involved, I lost the momentum that I had before. I clawed my way back to the top. I took a few world medals and took Nationals and after that, I was mentally and emotionally done. I didn't think anyone would understand my reasons for leaving.
I see. So, maybe your projected some of your own resistance to the idea of leaving the sport onto others?
What grade are you in?
Have you ever considered seeking professional guidance to help find some closure?