8 Things You Can Relate To If You Were A High School Softball Player

8 Things You Can Relate To If You Were A High School Softball Player

Softball is a sport that brings everyone together. If everyone plays for themselves then the team would never win.

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"The memories made on and off the field with your team are ones to cherish forever."

1. First day of after school practice for the season

You have already been practicing or conditioning a little everyday with your team during off season. However, when the end of January rolls around you know that's when the long three hour practices start. You know the feeling of the moment you realize you will be there when the sun sets. That you will spend the next three or more hours right there on that field for the first time that season, and you seem a little concerned because you think it's gonna feel like a really long time. As you know it goes by wayyy too fast and you're doing end of practice conditioning before you know it.

2. Dirt. Dirt everywhere.

Honestly, when your parents ask you when your car will be clean again you really don't have an answer. Between taking your cleats off, packing all your equipment up, hauling around your bag, and getting in the car after a day of practice full of sliding, diving, and just general infield work, you are nasty and therefore your car gets just as nasty. If you are anything like me, you just hoped that your parents would avoid looking in your car until the season was over.

Also, the dirt follows you into the house. My mom would always wonder where all the dirt came from that was laying in the laundry room floor. Oh whoops, that was me. That's where I changed clothes after practice. Sorry....

3. Your car becoming a closet

You never know how exactly the weather is going to decide to be for the day, so you make sure to have one of everything and a little extra just in case a team member forgets something. Your backseat or trunk was always packed with an extra pair of tennis shoes, rain boots, sweatshirts, sweatpants, practice shirts, socks, and hats. You might not be able to use the back seat or set anything in the trunk during the season, but that was okay as long as you didn't have to run for not having the right clothes or freeze because you didn't have a jacket.

4. Metal cleats walking on concrete

If you played softball in high school, the sound immediately came to mind. Some people love it, some hate it, but everyone can hear you coming from a mile away.

5. Game day hair

Yes, we may be getting ready to slide in dirt and sweat a gallon of water out, but we still made sure we looked good doing it. Before every game, you made sure to have your hair done up right. Whether that be two french braids, a braid into a ponytail, one french braid, or a braided ponytail, it was always finished off with a bow. We knew it wouldn't last much longer than the first inning, but at least we tried.

6. Dugout Cheers

Oh, there were so many. Actually, if you think back now there was probably too many, and who came up with them? You just learn them and they get passed down, but who was the original creator of the cheers? We will probably never know.

We knew that from the stands they got so annoying, but it hyped the team up and we would have to run if we didn't cheer on our teammates. So it was well worth the strained voices the next day.

7. Bus rides

These were some of the most enjoyable times. You got to hangout with your team, play some really great music, and prepare for the game all at the same time. Sometimes there would be arguments over whether someone got "your" seat or not, but in the end, the bus ride was almost as fun as the game itself.

8. The bond formed among teammates

Softball is a sport that brings everyone together. If everyone plays for themselves then the team would never win. It teaches you way more than just how to play the game, but also how to be a team player, put trust in others, and work through differences for a common goal. The memories made on and off the field with your team are ones to cherish forever.

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A Reminder To Never Leave Without Saying 'I Love You'

A principal to live by, no matter the circumstance.

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Loved ones are something that should never be taken for granted. When life gets tough, we depend on our loved ones for support. When life is amazing, loved ones are who we share those incredible feelings with. Without them, life would lack meaning. But with great love, comes a possibility for great loss and great pain.

When we lose a loved one the last thing you want to be forced to feel is remorse for leaving on a bad note and not expressing our appreciation for that person.

The closest people to us, are the ones we have the worst fights with.

Arguments are the most intense with our closest people because that is where the stakes are the highest. If we don't care about someone, we won't be bothered enough to put in the energy to argue with them in the first place. Arguments lead to heightened emotions and thinking or saying things that we don't mean. I urge you during a fight, no matter how badly you want to storm out of a room or go to sleep angry, to take a deep breath and remember the value that this person adds to your life. Think of the reasons why you do love them, and with those in mind sincerely remind the person how appreciative you are to have them in your life.

Accidents can occur at any moment. 

I beg you to never put yourself in a position of heartache leaving someone on the wrong note. I was recently reminded of how suddenly and unexpectedly life can change in a millisecond. It was an awakening and reminder that I think many of us need, that every interaction should be treated as if it could be the last one.

It doesn't matter how busy you are.

If you are flying out the door in the morning, already running late, but you realize you forgot to tell your mom goodbye before you left I encourage you to take the extra 60 seconds to walk back inside, give her a hug, and tell her you love her. If your sister lives across the country and you seldom take the time to give her a phone call, ask how she is, I encourage you to start making it a point to do so weekly. There is always time to love and there is always time to care when you make it a priority, and you may be very glad someday that you decided to do so.

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Am I An Addict And Social Media Is The Drug?

Hey, my name is Ashley Williams and I am a social media fanatic.

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I don't know if it's because I was born into this generation that is built on social media and technology or what, but I just know it's a part of me that I won't be able to get rid of.

Social media has amazing perks... it's a faster way of getting and keeping in touch with someone, you have your daily news and entertainment right at your fingertips, and you can share and learn just by opening up an app. But, despite these amazing advancements social media has provided for me, recently I've been feeling kind of like a... zombie, or slave to social media.

It's gotten to the point where it's a part of my morning, afternoon, and nightly routine. I wake up to browsing my social media to ending my night checking my social media one more time just in case I missed anything that's "worth my time."

Recently in my Writ 102 class, we had to write a research paper about anything our hearts desired, and I chose to write about the impacts of social media on someone's mental health.

While researching and trying to get my sources, I came across tons of information that suggest that millennials are most likely to experience a phenomenon called FOMO, fear of missing out. Crazy, cause that's exactly how I feel when I check my Twitter or Instagram feed right after I was just on it knowing damn well, nothing new has popped up.

...And this thought came to me... am I an addict and social media is the drug?




Is getting a notification, a" like", a dm, or something new being popping up on my feed the dopamine that's fueling my craving for my social media addiction?



Is this bad? I mean it's not like I checked my phone seven times, mindlessly scrolling while writing the first half of my blog... I'm not that addictive. It's just a little crave.



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