"Do, or do not. There is not 'try'."
~ Jedi Master Yoda
If you had natural talent, what would you do with it? My youngest sister is a gifted track athlete, and like many gifted with something, she never really had to work hard at getting better at it. She was a big fish in a small pond in high school and is now in her first year at university and little fish in a big pond.
They recently held tryouts for the track team and the head coach told her in no uncertain terms that there were people that were better than her, and that they would rather work with people to refine their talents, instead of developing someone else's. He finished by saying that if she paid five hundred dollars for the year then she could train with the team, not with the head coach, and that she could compete in local events, but there's only one. Now she doesn't know what to do.
When I was in grade nine, I tryed out for the basketball team and didn't make it (and if anyone has seen me dance they will understand why). I was devastated, I really enjoyed playing and I was humiliated. I went home and told my mom and she said that if I really wanted to play that I would find a way. The next day, I went to the coach and asked him if I could practice with the team, and go to the games but that I understood that I wouldn't be playing unless a few others were seriously injured in a fluke accident.
I went to every practice and worked my butt off. I showed up for every game, home or away. I considered it a privilege to be a part of the team. Then one day, our team was creaming the other school and the coach pulled the weakest line in to play and I was on it, and surprisingly, not that bad. That one game turned into me playing more often and eventually starting every game. I ended the year with MVP and will never forget the experience.
I know that I don't have a natural talent for basketball, I just worked really hard to improve my skill. I know that my sister has a natural talent for track and field but hasn't had to work for it yet. I can't make up her mind, but I know that trying and failing is worth more to me than never attempting. 'Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable,' ~ Sydney J Harris.