I'm Not Sporty, And That's OK

I'm Not Sporty, And That's OK

Not everyone needs to be in a sport. If they were, who would cheer each other on?
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All throughout high school and college, sports are easily one of the biggest things talked about and participated in. Whether you enjoy baseball, football, track and field, soccer, or any other sports, there is a lot of pressure beginning in middle school to join a sport. I gave into this pressure, even though I knew even as a seventh grader that sports were not really my thing.

I first tried dance team. People who say that dance does not count as a sport has never tried going to a practice. Practices were four or five nights a week for multiple hours, with difficult routines to remember and skills to acquire and maintain and perfect. Plus, competitions on weekends and even some weeknights made it very difficult to focus on much else.

Also, when you are a person who thrives off of compliments and positive encouragement and your coach specifically says she is not the type of person to give out compliments, it made me feel like maybe I did not fit in.

So I later, quit.

Then in tenth grade, I tried track and I really enjoyed it! I decided to be a thrower because I have always hated running. I found really good friends and I enjoyed lifting every other day. However, I sometimes felt discouraged because it seemed as though everyone around me was getting better and I was staying stationary. I, unfortunately, did not end up continuing in college because the commitment was too big and I was worried I would not be able to keep up with school. So I had to end that.

In the beginning of the semester, a friend encouraged me to join rugby with her, assuring me that it was laid back and that the practices would not be too difficult. My first practice ended up being my last practice. I got so exhausted from the heat and the insanely difficult drills that I had to sit out for 75% of the practice because I felt like I would pass out. I still support the team and I watched them get all the way to the Final 4 in the nation (Go Gusties!), but when the spring comes and they start up again, I am pretty sure I will not be joining.

What I have learned through all these years is that it is okay to not be sporty or athletic.

You do not need to join a sport to make friends or to get into shape. There are lots of different ways to make friends or get into shape while actually enjoying yourself. One thing I found was musicals. I found a lot of good friends through it and I actually had fun and danced and it definitely felt like a work out to repeat the dances over and over! I also joined Key Club and found a passion for serving the community.

Basically, do not worry about the pressures of joining a sport. If you’re like me and know that it isn’t your thing, just know that there are a lot of different clubs and activities that you can join. You don’t need to try to fit in with the student athletes because that lifestyle is not realistic for everyone. Plus, who would be the fans if everyone always joined sports?

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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The NBA Finals, 2 Games In

Warriors halfway to a dynasty.

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It's finals time in the NBA and the Warriors and Cavs isn't looking too good right now in terms of how long this series will go. The Cavs find themselves down 2-0 to Golden State with Game 3 serving as the pivotal game in this series. Either the Cavaliers will make a stand at home and make this series a little interesting, or face a 3-0 hole no team has ever come back from in finals history. To be fair to Cleveland, this series could easily be tied at 1 game a piece, making this trip home all the more crucial.

In game 1, LeBron James came out super aggressive. He was looking to score from the outset of the game and finished with a career playoff-high 51 points. He single-handedly kept his team in the game and were it not for a few questionable calls, and no calls, the Cavaliers could have gone up 1-0 in this series. A missed free throw by George Hill near the end of regulation would have put them up 1, but J.R. rebounded the miss and proceeded to run out the clock, rendering himself an instant meme and game 1 goat. The game ended up going into overtime, but that was all the opening Golden State needed to seize control of the game and they won in the extra time.

In game 2, despite a crazy hot start from the Golden Boys, Cleveland was hanging with them for most of the game. They were able to stifle each Golden State run with one of their own and seemed to be in a position to make a game out of it in the 4th. That proved to be fool's gold as game 2 turned out being the "Steph Curry Game." Curry had an NBA Finals record 9 made 3-pt shots and some were of the demoralizing variety. He finished with 33 points and the Warriors blew Cleveland out in game 2. KD added 26 points on 70% shooting while Klay also broke the 20-point barrier. Shaun Livingston and Javale Mcgee were perfect in the game shooting going a combined 11-11.

On the flip side, Lebron finished game 2 with 29 points, 9 rebounds, and 13 assists, despite the team shooting 40% collectively. He was hitting guys for good looks and they couldn't capitalize. He was double-teamed most of the night and was forced to give up the ball, and his teammates couldn't get anything to fall. The Cavs live and die by the 3 with this roster because outside of LeBron there are no playmakers that can hurt you.

I predict Cleveland will win game 3, just because they'll come out aggressive in trying to protect home court. I think LeBron finds a way to drop another 40 plus points and flirt with a triple-double. The Warriors are always primed for an off-night but if they play the same way they did in game 2, things could get worse for the Cavs. Hopefully, the role players hit shots, Kyle Korver gets some good looks and the defense is as solid as it was in game 1. If any of those aren't up to par, Cleveland will be down 3-0 and Golden State will be one win closer to a dynasty.

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