Life isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Last July I had surgery on my right arm that put me in the position that I am in now. This weekend I was lucky enough to travel to Hammond, Louisiana to watch my team participate in the Lion Classic. Dressed in shorts instead of softball pants and my very best fake smile, I performed the duties which were called of me. I took video, fetched foul balls and gave up the stretching band if one of the starters needed it. Don’t get me wrong I’m blessed to even be on a team and every day I’m getting one step closer to being on the field. But if I’m being honest, sometimes it sucks.
On days like these when I feel more like a team manager instead of a player I turn to the girls that make it worthwhile. These girls know just what I’m going through because injuries are more common than they should be among division I student athletes. Having a group of girls that you can turn to at your worst is one of the best things in the world. Your college teammates are the girls that are going to be your bridesmaids and meet you for lunch once your old and married with kids and no longer do anything for yourself. In fact I’m convinced that the friendships you acquire after four hard years of playing ball are one of the most rewarding things that come out of being an athlete.
When I’m feeling down I turn to them and smile. I know that I have 24 sisters that would do anything for me at the drop of a hat. Even though I may be injured and can barely raise my arm over my head I know that I am one of the luckiest girls in the world because I have a great group of girls waiting for me to get back on the field.
I know they look rough but be nice, softball players are people too.