15 Reasons Why Growing up Playing Sports Changed My Life

15 Reasons Why Growing up Playing Sports Changed My Life

I highly recommend getting involved in sports, you won't regret it.
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All thanks to my parents, I grew up playing sports and they have shaped me in the man I am. This list will explain to all of you who do play sports and even those who don't, just what comes out of it.

1. My group of best friends is the same group of best friends since I was 5 years old and we all met through sports one way or another

2. Respect is taught in every sport, whether it's Cheerleading or Hockey, your coach and parents always taught you how to treat others with respect.

3. Dedication is built inside of every athlete. It's the dedication learned in every practice, and every game. It's there every time you sweat and inside every trophy. This dedication is carried over into my every day situations.

4. Success is the only drive because we are all taught winning is the only thing. In life, success comes with winning. The feeling you get when holding up a trophy as a kid or even an award for Employee of the Month, is a feeling you'll never forget.

5. Playing these sports growing up, gave me a sense of competitiveness that carries over in everything I do. Whether it's my school grades, or my job, I always want to be the best and I take everything like it is a competition.

6. Knowledge in sports came from playing a variety of sports growing up. I played baseball, soccer, hockey, and football. I learned everything there is to know about these sports and it all came from playing them growing up.

7. Keeping good health is one of the most important things in life. All the running, conditioning and eating healthy in prep for game day, has made me much healthier in my life.

8. There's one thing that sports does to a lot of kids that is over-looked often. It keeps us off the streets and from getting involved in any wild ill-mannered behaviors. With all the time you spend at these sports, you don't have the time to get involved in the bad.

9. Being called lazy is one of the most insulting words to a lot of people. I can assure you, if you play sports, go to school, and some have a job as well, you are not lazy.

10. I have met people from all around the country and even the world. Meeting people from playing sports is so easy. I now have friends from Pittsburgh and as far as Switzerland.

11. Memories from playing these sports growing up and even the memories I continue to make today, will last a lifetime. Every trophy or scar has a story to tell someone and a memory I will never forget.

12. Sportsmanship is also over-looked a lot when we talk about benefits of sports. In most sports every game ends in a friendly handshake. We all love the game we play and as heated as the game gets we need to realize we are all humans who just love the game and each other.

13. We all take pride for the team we play Whether it is for a school or a town pride plays a huge part in who we are. You learn to take pride in everything you do, schoolwork, accomplishments, etc. This was all taught to me one way or another through sports.

14. Learning to lose is just as important as learning to win. We always don't win, we have to learn to lose. Without losing, there is no winning. Sometimes I lose but I learn to be optimistic about it and bounce back and win the next time.

15. Teamwork is the number one key to success in a team-oriented sport. Without working together, there is no success. Teamwork is used in everything. As small as a team of ants lifting up a piece of bread. Much too big for one ant to carry but with the help of 100 ants the bread will be moved. Learning to work together is used just about everyday. It is in school projects, at your job, and even maybe helping carry a heavy box for an elderly woman.

These are the qualities sports has brought me over the years. No matter the sport, no matter the intensity a sport will require dedication, heart, and losing. Without these things what would life be as we know it. All I want to say is, thanks mom and dad for pushing me into sports, they changed my life forever.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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4 Things All Former Athletes Miss About Being Part Of A Team

You WILL miss playing sports in college.

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Ever since I was a little girl, I was always on a team, until I came to college. You'd think that after a lifetime of constant practices, meets, and games that I would've been sick of sports by the time college came around. However, I still miss it so much. I miss goofing around at practices with my favorite people while doing the extremely intense workouts our coaches would give us. I miss riding the bus to every meet while blasting music the entire way there and back. Most importantly, I miss competing with all of my friends and cheering each other on for hours upon hours. There are so many things that I miss about being part of a team and I'm sure you do too. I have listed the top four things that I miss about no longer being part of a team.

1. The unbreakable bond that you have with your teammates

You would think that spending hours upon hours with each other at practices, competing, and team bonding experiences that you would be sick of each other, but you actually learn to love your teammates even more. You spend so much time together that they become your best friends and then you find yourselves hanging out with each other even during the little free time that you have.

2. The trust that you have placed in your coach's hands

You spent years trusting your coaches to make you the best at what you do. Spending hours at practices, working extremely hard to accomplish simple goals and them putting all of their faith in you as you compete in your weekly meets truly builds a social trust between you and your coach.

3. Going to practice every day to practice your heart out

Some days you dreaded it and some days you loved it, but no matter the day you always gave it your all at practice. You'll even miss the hard workouts that always kicked your butt because you loved how it felt to be super sore the next day and to know that you were actually getting better. Plus, you were probably always really fit and in shape so that's always good.

4. Competing at meets with your teammates

Getting out of class early a couple of times a week to lay on the bus seat and blast music with your teammates until you finally get to the school and then doing the exact same thing on the way back. Pretending your teammates hear you cheering them on while they kill it and pretending you hear them cheering you on even though you all are way too focused to hear that, but you still always appreciate it. Not to mention for some athletes, the awful tan lines that you low-key love, but could never get rid of your entire life.

Being part of a team is one of the best experiences I've ever had and I will forever miss it.

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