VIEW FROM THE SIDELINES

Photo By: Emma Hale

Woohoo! The Season is finally here! After the long awaited arrival, it was GAME DAY. Even from the bench it feels good to be back on the field, still a part of the team, making memories and grinding out the work. Not being active out on the field does suck, but there is a view that I’ve never experienced before. Having a perspective from not being on the field, it really is an eye opener from things I haven’t ever noticed or thought of.

One being taking seasons for granted. The 11 years I have been playing softball, each season comes around and at the time, it seemed like no big deal. To the point where I enjoyed playing and was having a good time but not really taking full advantage of the experience. Nowadays, sitting on the side, wanting to play the game I love, it really does show how big of a role it is in my life. As an athlete, when going from 7 hours of school a day to 3 hour practices, coming home and then doing whatever homework I have to finish, it was exhausting not going to lie. For the longest time, I wished for a break, and then everyone was given a break with quarantine. After that I was ready to finally play again only to get my hopes up. With the even longer break than I expected, it gave me the time I had wished for, but maybe a little too much.

After looking back on the aftermath of the whole situation, for the next upcoming season, I want to take it all in. Because who knows, maybe these could be my last. But the recovery process is important, so it will take time. Lemme tell ya, after I am 110% ready, oh boy what a season it is going to be!

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