Sports: A Great, Well-Earned, and Powerful Experience
You’d be surprised how much sports teach kids about life in general.
More than one look at my teenage son, Kai, and you’ll notice he’s a huge sports fan (for the birds!), and you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who thinks he’ll be any less a sporty individual than he is now if he isn’t. His boyish face smiles about every waking moment, and anything he does looks easy, even though that may not be the case.
Anyone with any friends who plays sports like field hockey, hockey, basketball, and rugby will tell you that playing sports lets you live a life a bit different from the one you may be familiar with; with friends who are bigger, stronger, and better able to do things you can’t.
Sports Help You Be a Little Less Lonely and More Comfortable in Your Own Skin
When your teenager has found a new, like-minded group of friends to play with, whether they’re into sports or not, the reason for that is likely that you’ve all discovered that there’s something important in common. We’ve discovered that playing sports lets us realize that we’re all, in some sense, the same and that, if we can laugh and find it within ourselves to overcome our differences, we all become stronger and happier individuals.
And speaking of laughing, laughing helps! As your teenager gets older, the laws of time, gravity, and reality slowly become diluted by their laughter, and the kids who’ve found a new passion usually find a new sense of balance and confidence. They know what they can accomplish, and they’re not swayed by statistics, stats, or statistics. They have fun, whether playing sports or another activity, and that takes a lot of pain out of life, especially when you consider the embarrassment some adults experience when competing or trying things that they aren’t quite as confident in.
You Feel Like a Better Person After a Game
When people play sports, I’m not kidding; the endorphins give them a big boost and they leave the games feeling much better about themselves than they were beforehand. When I started this blog at 14, it was about my workout routine and how it impacted me, but it wasn’t about how I felt afterwards. At that age, I had a hard time reflecting on how good I was feeling after I completed my workout or my martial arts class, because all I felt was the action; I didn’t feel good at all after the activity, but the endorphins let me know that I’d given it my all. I knew it was OK, that the results were there, even if I felt it wasn’t.
You Learn That Change Is a Sign of Greatness
Some say that getting a professional grade soccer ball in the mailbox, when you’re only a sophomore in high school, is just a great motivator, but it’s not just one soccer ball; it’s the opportunity to showcase your strength, ability, and ability to achieve, and your students look up to you and want to follow in your footsteps. It’s how you go into this thing headfirst, not knowing what you’re doing, but instead believing in yourself and in yourself because of the efforts you put in, and eventually, the results come through.
Many young people — yes, even teens — live their lives in a state of fear and insecurity, and that fear and insecurity is something that brings them in with strangers and teachers and neighbors and classmates. Their very survival is tied to their results. It’s not always easy, because there’s a lot to be proud of, but having the strength to do it, having the courage to do it, has a ripple effect on your lifestyle that allows you to be more comfortable in your own skin, and that’s what helps you go from being a normal teenager to a success story.