Think of a time when you found yourself in an embarrassing situation. Narrate how you got into that situation, how you dealt with it and the lesson you learnt from it.

One Saturday morning I had a basketball game. I was so eager to play because it was my first game ever and didn’t know what really was going to happen. It was a cold fall of 2009. I was still cold because all I had on were shorts and a tee. I walked through the doors and saw the whole bunch wearing the same like me. We were warming up and I felt more nervous.

The game had started and I was on the bench. As the game went on, I noticed that I was benched until the 4th. All of a sudden I got called into the game. I had a really nervous feeling that I was going to do something wrong. I thought about the place we were going to and forgot them. That made everything else worse at the time, so my mind was going in circles.

The game started from the time out and the other team got the ball while I was defending. I stole the ball heading down the court, then stopped because a defender was on me. Then I passed the ball, got it right back and ran down to the other end of the court. I scored for the other team. As I was running all I could hear was people yelling at me. At the time I could only think that they were cheering for me because I had no clue I was scoring for the other team. Really the audience was yelling NO! NO! It was the most embarrassing moment of my life. I felt like I had messed up big time.

In the next game, the coach decided to send me even though I made the wrong basket. I was excited. I kept telling myself over and over again that I would not mess up this time. I got the ball and did the exact thing! I was even more embarrassed. I was disappointed and decided to quit the game.

We human beings need to be embarrassed at first, in order to learn from our embarrassment. Next time I’m going to listen to the audience if I can. This embarrassing moment helped me to realize that I needed practice. That’s why this experience is important to me. It helped me to learn from my mistakes.

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