The Highs And Lows Of Being A Girl Who Loves Sports

The Highs And Lows Of Being A Girl Who Loves Sports

I swear I don't only love Beckham for his nice face, although it helps.
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I grew up in a house where, nine out of ten times, when I walked into the living room, ESPN was on TV. My weekends were either packed with my soccer games or watching one of my brothers' baseball tournaments. All of the animals in my house are named after members of the United States national soccer team. I love sports, and I love the life that I live because of them. However, there are struggles to being a "sporty girl" every once in a while. It's okay, though, it's worth it.

High: Game day excitement.

Of course, we all love a good tailgate. But for many girls who aren't sports fans, this is the highlight of the day, and the game itself seems like a chore in between the tailgate and the after-party. For sports-loving girls, the game is the best part! Actually understanding what's going on around you can make everything a whole lot more interesting.

Low: Fact checking.

The moment you say you enjoy sports, boys suddenly feel the need to question you as if you have actually taken up "unimportant sports trivia" as your college major. Oh, you said you like the Giants? But you can't name the 7th hitter in their starting lineup from 1997! LIAR! You know nothing!

...I said I like sports, not that I know every trivial fact about every person who ever played a sport.

High: Exercise can be really fun.

I will never ever be able to shake the idea when I'm running on the treadmill at the gym that I could be playing a game of basketball or soccer, getting twice the workout, and having ten times more fun doing it. When you enjoy a sport, it makes the struggle of working out a side effect to doing something you love, and what could be better than that? Plus, after running five miles in a soccer game, you don't have to feel quite as bad about going for round three of pizza (even though you'd do it regardless).

Low: Not always being able to relate during conversations.

I love my girl friends. I love talking about "girly" things, shopping, getting my nails done, discussing cute boys; the whole nine yards. Sometimes, however, I find myself sitting there 45 minutes into a conversation about "The Bachelor" and completely unaware of what's going on. Wait, we like Ben now? I thought we wanted him gone last week? It's not even that I wouldn't watch shows like this, it's that I missed it because I was watching the game, and chances are, it won't be as exciting for everyone else to bring up who hit that buzzer beater over who got the final rose at our all girls movie night.

High: You can hang out with the guys.

Shout out to my brothers for training me to be capable of holding my own in a room full of boys during a sporting event. Sometimes, it's fun to just chill on the couch, yell at the TV, eat some deliciously unhealthy food, and spend time with your guy friends.

Low: It's not always well received if you make a "girly" comment.

Watching sports is a blast. The amount of work professional athletes have put in to playing at the level that they do is absolutely insane. As a side effect of that, most of these athletes also tend to be in pretty good shape. I will occasionally voice this opinion as me finding certain athletes physically attractive (I love you, Blake Griffin). The second a girl points out that they think an athlete is cute, a lot of guys love to jump on them for only liking said athlete because he's hot. Oh, I only like Buster Posey because he has a cute face, and not because he's good? That's probably the only reason why he was voted MVP a few years back, right? I'm not going to lie and say it doesn't help his fan base expand, but there's more to it than that, you guys.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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5 Tasks The Detroit Pistons Must Do To Change The 8th-Seed Stigma

After speaking with my lawyer, blackmailing Tom Gores into selling the team is off the table.

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The Detroit Pistons returned to the NBA playoffs following a three-year hiatus. Unfortunately, the newest acquisitions to the coaching staff and roster weren't enough to change the narrative of Detroit Pistons basketball and first-round playoff sweeps. Milwaukee dominated the Pistons into a third-consecutive first-round playoff exit since 2009. What can the new titleholders of the NBA consecutive playoff game loss record do to revitalize their early 2000s reign as tenacious contenders within NBA's Eastern Conference?

1. Don't trade Andre Drummond

With the 9th pick in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft, the Detroit Pistons selected Andre Drummond from the University of Connecticut. Throughout Drummond's six years in the NBA, he continues to adapt, learn, and overcome the adversity surrounding his athleticism and play-style.

The 2018-2019 NBA season was arguably best offensive and defensive season for the 25-year-old center. Trading the three-time NBA total rebound champion that led the league in defensive win shares the past two years is not the answer to our problems.

2. DEFINITELY (and I can't stress that enough) trade Jon Leuer

Jon Leuer received a four year, 24 million dollar contract in 2016 under the management of Stan Van Gundy. As Pistons fans suffering slowly comes to an end, we still have an opportunity to trade Leuer to acquire a player or draft picks that are basically guaranteed to prove more beneficial than Leuer's inconsistent run as a backup power forward.

The Detroit Pistons trading for Thon Maker mid-season was the nail in the coffin for Leuer's run as a Piston, finishing the season averaging 3.8 points, 2.4 rebounds throughout 41 games. We're already paying Josh Smith $5.3 million to sit at home and watch us get swept in the playoffs, we don't Jon Leuer sitting on the bench doing the same thing.

3. Acquire size, strength and defense on the wings

Whether it's in the NBA Draft, a trade (hopefully involving Jon Leuer) or even a free agency signing this off-season, the Pistons desperately need to establish depth of wing players. Currently, the Pistons don't have a single small forward on the team.

The Pistons current depth chart (considering we do not re-sign any expiring contracts) is made up of a single point guard, five shooting guards, three power forwards and one center. A wise man once advised the Pistons to use their size and strength to "form a fuckin' wall." Without small forwards, forming a wall isn't an option and mismatches will be an easy exploit for larger teams.

4. Weigh every option with the 15th draft pick

Due to our past drafting history, it's crucial for the front office and coaching staff to weigh every option before we use our 15th overall draft pick. It's common knowledge Detroit has struggled when it's come to the NBA Draft. The narrative began after skipping over talents like Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh in 2003 and most recently with Donovan Mitchell, Devin Booker, and Giannis Antetokounmpo in recent drafts.

Trading the pick away, trading down in the draft, even trading up in the draft must all be considered. Shopping the draft pick should rank above using it specifically based on our shameful lack of cap space. The Pistons' picks in the 2019 NBA Draft are the only elusive assets Detroit has left until 2020.

5. Find a legal way to force Tom Gores to sell

Since blackmail is illegal, how about brainwash? Tom Gores bought the struggling team in 2011 for $325 million since then not much has changed. He's proved he isn't capable of responsibly owning the team after allowing Stan Van Gundy to take over as head coach and president of basketball operations on top of approving ridiculously priced contracts for players. I'm grateful he gave the Pistons a shot to prove themselves when rumors of relocation circled like vultures but it's time to move on.

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