Post-season blues

Patrick O'Connell, Editor-in-Chief

The ending of a season is never easy. Athletes slowly become depressed over the idea of no more staying after school for practice and tournaments on the weekends until next year. It’s a rough experience to go through.

Being in-season is glorious.  It’s a time when athletes can be triumphant in what they do best. Filled with excitement, it’s no wonder why an athlete would become depressed during the off-season. It’s a rough time between the end and the next beginning, a time spent wishing it could always be in-season.

It’s especially hard for those of us who are seniors. Knowing that the end of a season is the last time they’ll ever play that sport in their high school career is especially depressing, and for some it means the end of doing sports in school. Some will not go on to play in college, and frankly it’s quite depressing to know that.

Post-season naturally goes away during the first few weeks before the next season. There is much anticipation for it that naturally causes the depression to go away, but before that, athletes must learn to cope with post-season blues. It’s unavoidable and there is no cure.

As a senior athlete, I struggle with the thought that I will never run high school cross-country ever again. After my last meet, it was awkward knowing that my high school cross-country career was done and over with. It was depressing to think that my high school cross-country career was over.

For seniors, the end is the end, and they must learn to move on. They will never have that pre-season anticipation again because there will never be another pre-season in high school. Try finding another interest like stamp collecting or completely forget about the great times you had playing sports in high school.