SOME SPRING NOSTALGIA Baseball and Bike Rides
Spring weather is rapidly approaching, and the thought of that reminds me of my time spent playing baseball as a kid. Throughout elementary school, I played Little League. When I moved up to Junior High, I decided to join what was known as the Mustang League. When my dad and I arrived at the team sign-ups, I was surprised to learn that a player could join any team he wanted. One of the coaches from another area struck up a coversation with us and mentioned I could join his team. This was a new experience for me. I considered myself a good team member, but I was not a stand-out athlete. So it felt pretty good to be invited by a coach. The excitement of this prospect made me feel more confident about leaving my comfort zone and playing with new players in a new area. My dad told me I could join the team, but I would be in charge of getting myself to and from practice each day. It was a 10-mile bike ride in total, 5 miles each way. I figured the trip was doable on my yellow Schwinn 10-speed, but I was concerned that the route involved a steep downhill ride followed by a lengthy and steep uphill ride.
The first time I faced this seemingly unending hill, I thought I had bitten off more than I could chew. My 13-year-old legs carried me up that hill slowly but surely. As it leveled off into the practice field, my celebratory feelings were quickly overtaken by the dread of having to do it all again in reverse on my way back home.
While I had a good time playing with the team that season and walked away with several great memories, what I remember most fondly was that hill. As with everything else in life, the more times I attempted the hill, the easier the challenge became. I felt like I’d accomplished a huge feat every time I climbed it. It expanded my sense of independence and inspired me to take on new challenges. A couple of years ago, I attended my 30- year high school reunion and was warmly greeted by some of my old baseball teammates. I left the reunion thankful for the experiences I had and the sense of accomplishment I felt from being on a team, completing the daily 10-mile bike ride, and battling and defeating that hill!
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