A few weeks ago, one of Liam’s coaches asked myself and another mom if we would like to join the soccer team she played on. We talked about it for a bit and then left. I pondered the idea for some time, but was not so sure about it. Then at another one of Liam’s soccer games, the other mom, says, “I signed up. Did you?” and my quick, not thought through, response was, “I am signing up today.” There it was. I just committed to do it. I just committed to join a soccer team. What was crazy about all of it was that I was not hesitant or in regret at all, I was pretty excited. I thought, “I had played before, so this wouldn’t be so hard, right?” Yes, it might have been 13 years since I had been on a field, but all of those soccer “skills” I had possessed would return. Our first game was Monday and my so-called skills were pretty rusty or maybe they were never that great to begin with. No matter what happened on the field, I was glad that I made that quick response. Sometimes you have to do things spontaneously, not dwell on the idea or the what ifs or hows, but just do it.
One of the things that excite me the most about joining a soccer team is that I have the opportunity to meet people outside of the church walls. Getting to hang out with women of all ages and backgrounds weekly through sports is non-threatening, fun and full of opportunity. I am not saying that you cannot do this within the church, but sometimes I feel like meeting people within the church can become limited. Through this team, I get to connect, build relationships, and make memories. I also get some great exercise and laugh a lot, mostly at myself. This team is sort of like medicine to my soul. I don’t have to think about anything, no phone, kids, or to-do lists. Its forty-five minutes for me to disconnect and at the same time to connect with others. If you have a chance to join a team in your area, just do it. Maybe sports are not something that you like. Then I encourage you to think about what you enjoy and find out if there are interest groups in your area. Have fun with it and most of all take the time to connect with others. And take it from me, you definitely do not have to be extremely talented or have it all together to join. Remember it is all a part of an adventure. So on Monday nights, part of that adventure is me joining fifteen other women to play a game of soccer and I am loving it.