it was just a year ago that i decided to pick up ice hockey.
for the first time in my life i joined a team.
i can’t believe i almost didn’t do this. “i’m not good enough…” “i’ll look stupid…” “i don’t know all the rules…” “i can barely skate backwards…” “i don’t know anyone…” “i’ve never played full equipment before…” i had so many excuses. so many reasons why i shouldn’t.
but all i needed was one reason to do it and if anything, i wish i'd done it sooner!
at the end of the day, truth is you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
i got sick of missing shots; not even missing shots, just not even bothering to even take any...😶😒 everyone always asks how that was the first time i’ve played on a team because i am athletic, and most just assume i played sports all my life.
to be honest, i never believed i was good enough. none of my siblings played, and honestly i just never had the opportunity - it wasn’t offered to me growing up. fast forward into adulthood, i was insecure and didn’t believe in my abilities and because i’d never done it, i definitely didn’t think that was the time to start. i didn’t want to be that noob on the team that made all the rookie mistakes and caused losses. i didn’t want to let people down. i didn’t want the embarrassment of learning a sport. and there were also a lot of fears associated with it all as well e.g. not knowing anyone. it was legit out of my comfort zone, but life? life begins when you jump outside that zone.
if i’ve learned anything over the past few years, it’s this: you’ll never know if you don’t try, and instead of worrying about letting people down or worrying what people will think of you, just do it. believe in yourself. try new things. if you suck...so what, at least you can say you tried.
i joned a new team today, closer to home, and i’m super excited for this! i’ve come a long way in 2 seasons, but i have i’ve also got a long way to go! at the end of the day, this is about fun for me. 🙌😄👌 .
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