Michaela is loving her softball season. For me, it’s an awesome experience watching all the games and practices because I never played a sport when I was a kid. The other day she had a rough game. She went to bat twice and didn’t get a hit. On the way home her Mom said she’d been crying. After the game her dad went to talk with her. She told him she was crying because she was so mad she didn’t get a hit!
Next week she was getting mad again, frustrated because she couldn’t hit that ball. You know when you want something so bad you overthink it? She really needed to shake it off and find her groove. Next inning when they went to the outfield we noticed she wasn’t mad anymore but was laughing. She was racing to back up the pitcher with her short stop teammate (Michaela was playing 1st base) . Just having fun creating a little game within the game to see which girl could reach the pitcher first. Next time up at bat she had a solid hit! Shaking off her frustration and relaxing and having fun (something that comes so naturally to kids) reset her game.
Why do we lose touch with that ability as adults? To be able to shake off the frustration that holds us back when things don’t go our way. To let go and just play, laugh, have fun. Her next at bat she rocked it. Go Michaela!