Do you play a sport? If so, how did it impact your life? For the last two years, I have participated in the Heritage Oak School cross country team. I have also played soccer, basketball, Frisbee and volleyball in PE class. This year I took an even bigger step and started softball. These sports have impacted my life, not only for my enjoyment, but for a way to benefit others. Being in cross country, PE and softball has taught me how to step out of my comfort zone, how to become fit and how to bring many of my relationships closer.
Stepping Out Of My Comfort Zone
For most of my life, I have been afraid of stepping out of my comfort zone. Pushing myself in cross country, when I thought I couldn’t go on, brought me to a place where I had to step out of my comfort zone and keep going when I'd rather give up. Not being able to throw the ball well in softball pushed me to work harder and eventually I learned how to throw the ball more accurately. When I was afraid of stepping up and speaking with people I didn’t know, softball helped me to overcome my fear. The first time I started softball, I was afraid to go to my softball tryouts for fear of failing. With every nerve in my body going crazy, I went out to the field, so afraid, and I tried my best. When I came off the field, I told my friends that being on the field wasn’t as scary as I thought it was going to be. Afterwards I had so much confidence and adrenaline that I thought I could do anything. In PE class, I was always afraid of trying because I thought the other students would make fun of me if I messed up. So for the longest time I did not try. When I eventually did step up to play, I found I was being encouraged by my classmates! My athleticism became better and I did great without worrying. Sports helped me to step out of my comfort zone by helping me to overcome my fears.
Before starting cross country, I was super unhealthy and not in shape. I wasn’t happy because I wasn’t fit. Starting was such a struggle. I was never willing to give it my all because the pain was too great. My PE teacher, Coach Farewell, told me that in order to keep going you had to tell yourself that it was all “mind over matter.” At first, I thought those words were crazy, and for the longest time I ignored them. When I got further into the year, I learned that running really was just “mind over matter.” I was soon encouraging my friends with the words of my coach, "It’s all mind over matter.” Sports helped me to become fit because of the time I put into it and the willpower to keep going.
While playing sports in PE, running in cross country, and playing softball, my relationships with my friends were brought closer together. While running, my friends would encourage me to keep going when I was on the verge of giving up. Instead of running ahead, the boys would come back to cheer me on until I made it back. The encouragement made me try harder and my relationships grew stronger because of it. If you’re on a team, there has to be team work. Working together and getting scores or winning a game is the greatest feeling. Teamwork brings friends and even people who do not know each other closer together. While working as a team, everyone has the same mind set. We all learn how to play the sport because we all are there for the same reason, sports. Sports brought my friends and me closer through teamwork.
Playing sports is meant to be fun. Sports are meant to impact your life in some way. I learned how to have fun while teaching myself how to step out of my comfort zone and become fit. The greatest impact that sports has had on my life, though, would be bringing my relationships closer together. Without sports, my life would be dull and boring, my friendships wouldn’t be as strong and I would have missed just how much fun they really can be. My friends and I have grown closer and stronger because the teamwork and encouragement has made it happen. Sports are a beneficial activity that everyone should at least try and do. This is how playing sports has impacted my life.