"Theres a time to persevere, and a time to let go. Your ability to know the difference will be your greatest source of strength."
Why is the idea of quitting something such a bad thing? It's vilified as one of the worst things you can do. It's perceived as a mark of failure, shame and weakness - especially in sports. The reality is that making the decision to leave a sport is never a black and white issue. In some cases it's worth it to push through the exhaustion and remain determined to endure those difficult moments in pursuit of success in your sport (or whatever it may be). However in other cases, it's simply the right thing to do to quit for the right reasons. All I ask is that people respect the decision to quit, and understand that quitting is not always a bad thing.
Talent and perseverance will only get you so far without genuine passion. My heart is just not in it anymore. In hindsight, I was done a year ago. I got talked into playing this season as well, and do I regret it? No, not at all. I got the chance to play with new people, have a lot of fun and have a decent chance at winning. And now I get to quit on my own terms. I never regret anything I do - never have, never will. However, playing this year made me realize that I was in fact done a year ago. By this I simply mean I needed this season to prove to myself that I need to move on, and I am not ashamed of that fact. I've let this sport have a negative effect on my social life, my relationships, my grades and my career. Just to be clear though, I owe SO much to this sport. It has truly shaped who I am, and I will never forget any of the memories made or the friendships that resulted from the last 10+ years of being a competitive athlete.
I personally believe that quitting isn't always as bad as everyone says it is. There are times where leaving your sport is the absolute healthiest thing you can do. Having said that, there are also times where continuing to stay in your sport is more of a sign of weakness than strength. I know what makes me feel good and what doesn't. I value my time, my energy and myself. A lot of people are trying to keep me in the game, saying things like "you're too good to quit" or "you can always come back to the sport later." But I trust myself. Curling gave me more than I could have ever imagined, I will never stop loving the game, but sometimes you just need to know what's right for you - even if it means giving up a dream or letting people down around you. Something is always ahead. It's hard to push something away but right now it's the only way I can figure out who I am and who I'm supposed to become. Like the oldest quote in the book says - "Do it with passion, or not at all."