There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~Anaïs Nin

Friday, January 28, 2011

Playing to Win

      By nature, I am a competitive person.  I don’t understand the concept of playing games for fun.  I play games to win, winning is what makes them fun.  However, there are those who believe otherwise, and when I am engaged in activities with these people, my competitive nature can seem extreme and I will admit, even a tad annoying.

       I grew up in a neighborhood with so many kids there was never a shortage of things to do.  We played kickball, Kick the Can, tag and tennis, and everything was a competition.  We didn’t even go sledding in the winter for fun. We raced. Every activity resulted in winners and losers. 

       I was an athlete in high school, but beyond that I have had little opportunity to participate in any activities that have allowed me to express my competitive nature.  So I set out to find something that would meet that need.  As luck would have it, I came across a women’s indoor soccer league right in my town.  Now, mind you, I have never played soccer, but I figured I’m fairly fit and I know how to run, so why not give it a try.

       Well, last night, during my very first game, I quickly realized that this sport requires more than just knowing how to run.  As a rule, I tend to be more of a greyhound when it comes to running.  Quick bursts of speed followed by long naps.  This is a sport that requires me to be a Border Collie.  I was completely winded well before half time.  I also fell once, tripping over my own feet in a most ungraceful fashion, and I took a soccer ball to the face.  However, I did manage to score two goals, and by the time I finished, I realized that I haven’t had that much fun since my days of kickball.

     But the best part was that these women were playing to win.  They played hard and fast and I was impressed.  So while I do sometimes let my competitive nature get the best of me, I learned that in the game of soccer, not only is that ok, it is absolutely encouraged.   Perhaps I have found my niche.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a blast!!! I would so love to do something like this. But I am one of those that likes to play games just for fun and am okay with not winning. :)