Thursday, July 31, 2014

Giving It Your Best Shot

Just a few weeks ago, I was jogging in the neighborhood…  I came upon this young girl who was outside shooting hoops in her driveway.  I stopped and ask if I could join her; and to my surprise she said yes.

As we began to shoot around, I told her that I had played once upon a time and just day’s prior to coming in contact with her I’d said to myself, "I needed to find a place to shoot around.

I’d missed the game, however, I also found solace in shooting around because it gave me an opportunity to be physical and focused at the same time.  But taking shots alone made me work that much harder because I had to get my own rebound, chase my own loose balls, and follow my own shots…

Tonight while shooting around, we discussed her last year of high school, physical health and readiness (for the upcoming basketball season) and thoughts on plans for preparing for her future…  She’s excited, yet nerves as there’s a certain level of uncertainty going out into the world as a young adult.

But here’s the beauty with this fresh start…  She has many opportunities available to her and the sky is unlimited as it relates to what she can be and do.  The key is having a plan of action to chart your course, monitor your progress and work through the process to achieve your said goals and aspirations.   

The Game of Life 

There are team sports and then there are individual sports; however, in both types of sports there's one constant and that's the one individual playing in each of them...  Why do I bring this up you may ask?  

Well, in this game of life, sometimes you'll play alone and in other instances, you'll be playing with teammates.  But either way, you still have to know the rules and develop your abilities in order to play the game well; moreover, one must understand themselves, know what they want and their position in order to maximize their playing time...
As it is in basketball, so it is in life…  You give it your best shot!

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