I know that this topic may be expected of me because I write about softball a lot, but softball truly does absorb most of my time. In the summer, I am constantly traveling for tournaments (I’m actually writing this in Colorado). During the school year, I’m either playing high school ball or practicing with my club team.
I know you’re thinking, "It’s just a sport." But really, softball has taught me so much more than just how to play a game. It has taught me about unity, the importance of cooperation, resilience, and the need for mental training. These are not just skills that can help on the softball field, but ones that can be applied to situations as I continue through life. No matter how much I wish it could happen, I cannot play softball forever, but the lessons I have learned can carry over into so many areas of my life!
Softball has not only shaped my character traits and mental toughness, but it's given me the most unique and exciting experiences as well. Just today, I went white water rafting. In Chattanooga, I hiked Lookout Mountain. In Peoria, I got to play at one of the most elite complexes there is.
It’s not just about the physical experiences either, it’s about the lessons I have learned along the way. I have to give my catching and hitting coach Matt Culberson a huge shoutout. Just the other week I helped him with his catching camp at Lindenwood University. I got to work with the softball players and I absolutely loved it. It ignited something in me I didn’t quite know was there. I already know I like being a leader, but I learned I love to train others who have the same passion as me. It was one of the most fruitful experiences I’ve had.
I’m not trying to convince you to go out and play softball. What I am trying to tell you is to find something you are truly passionate about and do something with it. Leave your field of passion better than you found it. Contribute something to it. Try to make a difference. Leave a legacy.
Until next time,