"To make a difference you don’t have to be superhuman, you just need to be brave and courageous for 20 sec. at a time."
Think back to when you were a child?
In elementary school I used to make Creepy Crawlers (the boy version of the Easy Bake Oven...See Image Above) with my cousins in my grandma’s basement. That sentence alone sounds creepy but that’s not my point. When I was in middle school my best friend and I would hit golf balls into the woods behind his house using metal baseball bats to see how far we could hit them. We were really smart kids. In high school as a senior I dressed up every Thursday in a Halloween costume with a small group of friends in what we called “Theme Thursday’s”. Our costumes consisted of Mario and Luigi, skunks, mummies, plumbers, etc. You’re probably wondering by now, where am I going with all this?
I’ve noticed that as I’ve gotten older, I’ve lost some of my enthusiasm towards life. I’m guessing that as you reflect on your childhood, you may be in the same boat. I recently listened to a podcast with Jason Kotecki, author of the book “Adult-itis”. Jason tries to help others rekindle their childlike spirit. I’ll provide some of his suggestions at the end if you feel as though you are suffering from a severe case of adult-itis. He mentions how as adults we’re too afraid to look silly and put too much pressure on outcomes. My favorite line of the podcast was, “to make a difference you don’t have to be superhuman, you just need to be brave and courageous for 20 sec. at a time.” As we grow older we naturally have more responsibilities and often sacrifice our wants and desires to help our children, families, or co-workers. That is awesome and part of maturing as we age, but it doesn’t mean that we have to become bored with all that life has to offer.
Here are some tips to avoid adult-itis….
P.S.- Don’t forget to still pay your mortgage, do laundry, and go to work. You can still have a childlike spirit and "adult" at the same time!
Last night we played our first game of the year. There were the usual emotions before a game of excitement, nervousness, but mostly I felt confident and prepared. We struggled to shoot the ball early even though I felt we were getting great shots. Our guys were relentless throughout the game and effort was not an issue. We lost by 29. I would be lying to you if I said I wasn’t surprised about the final outcome. I thought we played will in our previous scrimmages, had a great week of practice, we watched film, and have 9 guys on the roster that all bring something unique to help us win. In the locker room after the game, we discussed how this was a journey and that what is most important is that we grow and individually reflect on how each of us could be better. The 24 hour rule I talked about last week couldn’t be more fitting.
Each year the makeup of our team is different, much like each year as a teacher is very different. Our biggest strength at the JV level is that we have great character guys who respond after failure, mistakes, and 29 point losses. I’m excited for practice today. The great thing about basketball is we don’t have to wait long to get another chance to respond to a big loss. I tried to find some inspiration on The Google and found this quote that is probably inside a fortune cookie somewhere but fitting to this post. “The humble man makes room for progress, the proud man believes he is already there.” I know as the year goes on we will have some great wins and some more bad beats. I also know we have players that no matter what will be relentless in practice, games, and off the court. It’s time to learn from yesterday’s failures and be better today.