Written By Diana Birdwell
It was fifteen years ago when I played my final season of softball. I began playing softball when I was seven and ended after I turned eighteen. I played county league as well as two years in middle school and one year in high school. I made all-stars almost every season. My athletic abilities to play softball came naturally to me. It was just something I got in to and to this day I miss playing fast pitch ever so much. Today I am still involved in the sport, playing slow pitch with a church league. As of today, I’m not sure how well I would do at hitting a fast pitch softball, lol. I just enjoy the slow pitch as much as I did the fast pitch. I like fast pitch softball because of the competition. I am a very competitive person, always looking for opportunities to play ball.
I remember those games where the game would last forever. It was fun! Those were the days. There were some things that happened during two different all-star games. One, I got my shoe lace caught in the fence when I was going after the ball. Another time was when I had glasses and my lens had fallen out of my frames. I obviously had yet to get contacts. Not only were those some memories, but being the hero to hit in a winning run was a great feeling. One time, the coaches in the dugout were discussing ever who hits the next homerun they would each give a dollar to for hitting it. I got two dollars because I was the one who did just that. And so those were just some of the memories of my fast pitch softball experiences back in the day. So what have my softball experiences meant to me?
Since I played a lot of softball and did well at it, it was something that has inspired me to keep on reaching for my dreams. Knowing that I can succeed in a sport has made me see that I can reach any dream as long as I keep working at it. My experience playing softball was a great way for me to make friends, learn about teamwork, and perseverance. Knowing I was good at this sport helped raise my confidence to become a better player. Though I didn’t get to play college softball, as I wished I had, I still can use what I learned from playing back in the day to my life today.
My time in the sport was well spent. I did have my good days and bad days but I persevered through them. So my word of advice to all you softball players is to keep on keeping on and to not give up. Don’t give in and quit just to take the easy way out. We learn by our experiences and those experiences help shape our character. If I could go back, I would play college softball. So keep those memories alive and don’t take one minute for granted because your time playing will be up in the blink of any eye. Use your time preparing mentally and physically and you will go a long way. Keep working at your goals and go for it!
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