You’ve Given it all You Could.
This is going to come as no comfort to you, after giving it all
you could, only to left out – literally left out, from what you
wanted, playing this game. To you, it was more than that just
playing. It was the acceptance. It was the recognition of doing
what you could do best. It was knowing that you could do just
as good a job as anyone else – even better than most. But here
In amateur baseball the prevailing winds of attitude and acceptance
are deep waters to negotiate. The same things that prevail on the
school grounds, basketball courts, and even in the lunch rooms are
evidence of the uphill challenges that waited for you on the ball diamond.
And if dealing with the youngsters your own age and maybe a little older
Weren’t enough – the egos and self-righteousness of the adults that
Control the entire experience just adds salt to the open wound. No
comfort zones, take it or leave it, stuff stinks … and it stinks a lot.
Now here comes the part that you’ll have to really think about. Really
You did it, regardless. You strapped on your gear, sat on the bench,
Watched others like it seemed an eternity, and walked off the field for
last time this season, shaking your head … like was this really worth it.
YOU BET IT WAS.
You showed heart and guts to tolerate this. You went for as long as you
could and had many a talks with yourself. No one really understood what
you were dealing with – but you dealt with it. Being alone like that really
hurts, it grinds at you inside and you seldom hear words of encouragement
that really gets to the heart of how you feel.
I know this will sound hollow – but you’ll be stronger, tougher, quicker to
see the injustice of other things because of who you are and what you went
through this season.
Take the time to jot down your notes somewhere of the disappointments what you went through this season – all of it. Then jot down next to that, how you handled it. By the way – busting your backside to improve in places that won’t recognize your improvements, does nothing to make you feel better, so leave that part out of your notes.
I guarantee, as you look back, next season and the season after that, you’ll witness a mature, self-confident person coming of age. Someone you might not recognize.