This past spring I was approach by a coworker (actually two of them) to play softball. When I was asked, the first thing that went through my head was are you effing crazy, I don’t play sports!!! Then when the initial shock of being asked wore off, I actually considered the offer.
As most of my readers are aware I have adapted the motto, “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you!” And well, I thought playing softball would be a REAL challenge! And let me tell you, it was! However, it was so much fun and I am so happy that I got to experience it.
My mom played softball long before I was born and well into my childhood. I remembered how much she enjoyed playing and how much I enjoyed going as a child. So you can imagine her excitement when I told her I was going to play. And then she said something that made me a little uneasy, she said, she was so happy I was going to take part in a team sport. A little panic ran through my body at that moment. How would I do with having others relying on me? That is why I like running, I don’t want to rely on others or have them rely on me. And then it worried me a little more because I was joining an already established team. They had already built their trust with each other, how was it going to go for me…
I am happy to say the whole thing went amazingly well! By far, being part of a team and having others rely on me was probably the most challenging part for me! However, it was also the best part! Honestly, it is probably what I like most about playing softball. And I know it is what created the most growth for me, creating those relationship and support structures! My team amazing! They were supportive and accepting from the very beginning!
One of the reasons I knew being on a team changed me is because when I was in a boot, I still wanted to be there to support my team! I am a homebody, and don’t want to leave my house after 5:30pm but I truly wanted to be at the games on Tuesday nights! I even offered a few times to still play just just stand in the outfield and not move.
All in all, softball pushed me so far out of my comfort zone that it was almost painful in the beginning (I had the worst knots in my stomach the on the way to the first game, through the first game, and even after the first game). However, I grew so much as an individual from playing. I have learned that it is okay, even better than okay, to rely on others and have them rely on me! And that I do actually have some athletic abilities, even if they are minimal, who knew!