Isaac Go’s Letter to His 16-Year Old Self

By Michelle Tan 09 December, 2017

After numerous “clutch” moments and a memorable 3-point shot that sealed the deal for Ateneo’s UAAP Season 80 championship, Isaac Go has broken the hearts of thousands of Lasallians and instantly gained his fame. Everyone just wants to get hold of this gentle giant. Articles after articles about his journey to that glorious moment have been shared online, but the truth is, he is still not used to all the attention he is receiving. He said with full humility that he does not want to be called “clutch.” To him, those shots were a product of years and years of blood, sweat and tears.

As of the moment, many people have been talking raving about his success in basketball. However, it is time for us to know more about the man behind the "clutch” 3-point shots.

Isaac Go's Letter to His 16-Year Old Self:

Remember when they ask you in school, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” Well, you made it! But before I share where you are five years from now, I want to tell you a lot of things about your journey going there.

(Photo taken from @isaacgo1)

Trust the process. There are a lot of things that you will learn along the way. You can’t love something that easily. Learning to love a hobby or a sport WILL take time. Don’t abandon it just because it gets hard. If you think there’s no future in basketball now, think twice. I know you are being pushed hard to train and do better, and that’s a good thing. Don’t let your asthma attacks hinder you from achieving your full potential. It gets better.

Stay on the court. You never know what is going to happen. It will take years of practice and hard work, but it will also take one moment to make an impact. Years ago, you got inspired and became so focused on becoming a Lego engineer that playing basketball seemed so impossible. But look at you now! You are playing for the Xavier Golden Stallion, and you will play for the Blue Eagles when you reach college. Don’t let those missed shots or bench time stop you. Instead, use them to challenge yourself to do more. It will not be easy, but it will be worth it.

Don't get heartbroken. A lot of things will happen that will challenge you and will test your fortitude. Let them happen, because it will mold you to a better version of yourself as the years go by. You will experience an injury that will break your heart and stop you from reaching your dream at that point in time, but don’t let it stop you. You have to see the light in every opportunity or road block. That point in your life will serve as an inspiration and a reminder to you that everything will be alright. You will recover from it. Besides, that injury gave you a taste of a normal freshman student with a full semester load.

Share your blessings and inspire others. In the next five years, your life will gradually change. Don’t forget to stay humble and share your blessings. Be a beacon that will inspire others, especially those younger kids, who think that they won’t have the chance in basketball. Show them that it’s never too late to follow your dream and to excel from it. Show them that learning to love something will take time, but will be fulfilling.

Lastly, Thank God. Thank Him for everything that you have right now. Thank Him for everything that He is about to provide. Thank Him for giving you the chance to represent your grade school, high school and your family. Thank Him for helping you make them proud. Thank Him for the off-balance shot that you will be making against FEU that would propel your team to the Championship Round, and the crucial 3-point basket that you will be making with 24.7 seconds remaining in the crucial Game 3 against DLSU. And finally, thank Him for the success that you have now as part of Ateneo's 2017 UAAP Men’s Basketball Championship Team.


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Photos from Janeena Chan and isaacgo1

Article written by @tiramishyou

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