Well, as far away as it might seen right now, the national tournament is right around the corner, and if you're like me, you've got a lot of preparation to do :P Or maybe you've done exceptionally well this season, and just need to make sure you polish up your knowledge and skills and keep up the review until Q, and that's just as exciting!
Whichever boat you find yourself in, we're all swimming in the same direction (just keep swimming, just keep swimming... y'all ready for 'Finding Dory'?! :D). But since they deserve a good amount of attention, I'm going to split them up into two separate posts.
Ready to go out with a bang, guys? Well it's gonna take work, but it's definitely going to worth it, and you are completely capable of doing so. You probably already have a good understanding and knowledge of the material - we're fortunate this year that it's one of the smallest in the rotation - so all we need to do is build on and concrete that.
This is the end of my third year, I've been on a regional team, and I have a fairly good understanding about how some of quizzing works. I'm not saying that to pat myself on the back - I'm saying that to make a point of the fact, that I have been, and will be focusing on going back to basics, for these next several weeks, and for the beginning of next season (which will be the beginning of a lot of new things for me).
There is no reason why you should feel bad about going back to basics, or to what you know, or what is familiar or what comfortable for you: there's no shame in that at all. And if nothing else, it proves that you are stronger than you were before you were forced to make the decision to do so, or to even consider it. "The one who picks him/herself up after they fall down is stronger than the one who never fell."
This is another subconscious lesson that quizzing teaches us about life. It pertains not only to our quizzing careers, but to our lives outside of it. Our school work, friendships, career goals, tough stuff that life throws at us, and maybe even our spiritual walk with The Lord - never be afraid to ask for strength to start again, pick yourself back up, build yourself up with memories of previous victories, and keep pushing forward, giving it your absolute best - which is pretty dang awesome! ;)
If you fail, no matter how big or small that failure might be, and then come back, you are LOT more intimidating to your competition than someone who just runs and runs and gets a gold at every tournament.
That competition isn't just our good friends on the other quiz teams though.
If we're talking about this in real life situations outside of quizzing, then our adversary could be that little voice inside you telling you you're not smart enough, or the jerk who says you don't really have any real friends, or even the devil trying to convince us that, 'oops, you've just failed too many times now, God can't forgive you this time' - but they're all just big fat lies.
But why are you a lot more intimidating this way? Because you are confident, rooted, and determined so much so, that you can take whatever failure might be fighting to get to your heart.
So where should we, who occupy Boat One, start? Well, the basics;
We've got a pretty big stretch of time until Q, so let's use it; for those of us in Boat One, if for nothing else, do it for the surprise factor as well :P
But to wrap it up, keep reminding yourself that your worth does not come from the number beside your name on the score sheets - that's not where you should find your identity.
You can absolutely take pride and joy in doing well, and accomplishing your goals; you've put a ton of work and time into it! I'm not saying you shouldn't - I'm saying that defining yourself by your score is a rough place to be, because you're not perfect; no one is, and that's okay. Like I've been saying, don't let a win go to your head, or a loss to your heart; keep Quizzing in it's place, and work your tail off and do your best - that's all you can do. :)
Thanks for reading, I hope you have a great week!
Keep calm and quiz on (and out)!
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Mallory is a sixth-year Teen Bible Quizzer originally from the Southern region, and now in the Northwest, quizzing over the book of John with her three younger siblings. <3
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