What Playing Sports Teaches Us

What Playing Sports Teaches Us

7 things everybody can relate to.

Sports are more than just a game. They serve as valuable pieces for life lessons and skills to be learned. Benefits that come from sports are numerous and cannot be quantified. Many children across the globe grow up playing some sort of game. It does not matter how rich or poor they are. Everyone can gain something from competing.

1. Hard Work Pays Off

Perhaps this is the most important aspect of playing a sport. If you want to become better at something, work at it. The reality of what you put in, is what you get out is all true. This can be applied to any faucet of a person's life. Whether it be with work, relationships or personal hobbies.

2. Friendships Are Formed

The people you compete alongside while playing a sport, often times, go on to be your best friends. Bonds are formed that nobody else can understand because of all that you have been through together. So, even though you might not go on to be a professional, you will have built relationships that will last a lifetime.

3. You Learn Respect

Every sport has rules that must be followed and officials that enforce said rules. In every discipline there are consequences for breaking the rules. Sports teach us from a young age to respect the game or you will be penalized.

4. It Builds Character

Losing is never fun. But learning to lose with class most certainly is an essential skill if you are to succeed in life. You will not always win. You will not always get your way. Sports are the best way in which to learn this.

5. Teaches You The Importance Of Fun

Having fun is something everyone must do if they are to enjoy life. What better way to learn this, than by playing a game. Because as we all know, games are meant to be fun. If you aren't having fun, than what is the purpose of doing it?

6. It Keeps You Out Of Trouble

Growing up, you experiment with different things and people. You try finding yourself and your unique identity. The people you are around start to shape you as a person and the experiences begin to define you. Sports are a great place to be around positive influences and around people who share the same goal as you.

7. Leadership Skills Are Gained

No matter what career or occupation you hold, some semblance of leadership skills will be required. There is no better opportunity to work on becoming a leader than by playing sports. It teaches to lead by example, not just rhetoric.

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First Impressions: a Brief Introduction to my Life

Looking Back at the Past to Understand Where I am Today

Who am I? Who do I want to be? These are two questions I often ask myself. 

I was homeschooled up until my freshman year of high school. Until then, life was pretty simple. Growing up I attended a homeschool group that met once a week. I met some of my best friends there, a few of which I'm still super close with today. I went to church at least three times a week or more because I had no life. I attempted to play every sport I could (gymnastics was my favorite). In the summers I spent my weekends wherever my brother was playing baseball. I spent a lot of time outside with neighbors, playing hide-and-seek, climbing trees, and making "tree houses" on my back porch. My childhood was a blast. 

My life completely changed about a week before I began my freshman year of high school. As I sat around my kitchen table with my mom, brother, and sister, we prepared to start another year  of school at home. Little did we know, God had something very different in store. Because of this, we ended up making what felt like the biggest decision of my life that day. My mom had been asking me for several months, "Is there any part of you that wants to go to school? If so, now's the time." Every time I answered with a confident, "No." I had never considered going to public school, I wouldn't let my mind go there. Nothing in me even remotely wanted to go.

Honestly, that day is such a blur, but the one thing I do remember was bawling my eyes out on my mom and dad's bed because I was so terrified. I didn't know what to expect. Everything I knew about public school was what I had seen in the movies, which usually included mean teachers, big bullies, and gross lunches. I wish I could go back in time to remind my 14 year old self that sometimes the most difficult decisions end up being the biggest of blessings. 

In short, high school was awesome. Don't get me wrong, the first, and most of second, year were not easy. At all. I had to learn how to branch out, make friends, and get involved, and boy oh boy did I get involved. I went to every single game I could, joined what felt like every club possible, and maintained good grades along the way thanks to my perfectionist personality. I made the best of friends, and learned from the best of teachers. High school was awesome. Then in May of 2017, I graduated.

Hi! My name is Darby Self. I'm 19 years old, and an English major at Arkansas State University. My life stays pretty busy, and my days are usually filled with sorority events, bible studies, watching intramural games, going to the gym, and homework. I love eating great food, drinking good (hot) coffee (or Coke Zero), sleeping, singing as loud as I can to "The Greatest Showman" soundtrack, and spending lots of time with my friends, my boyfriend-of-4-years, my family, and my dog. 

In this post I hoped to efficiently answer the question, "Who am I?" and in future posts I hope to answer, "Who do I want to be?" Thanks for reading!

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For My Dawgs

Who knew a 26-23 loss could be so heartbreaking?

For Bulldog fans around the nation, Monday night was a devastating conclusion to an otherwise fairytale season. I remember entering the season with trepidation for a football program that had let me down the last two years during my time at the University of Georgia. We had suffered tough losses, including the last two games against Tennessee and the 2015 matchup with Alabama (a miserably rainy affair).

And then, the first game of the 2017 season started with an injury. Our quarterback, Jacob Eason, was down and out. It’s over, I thought. We’re done. There goes our season.

As it turns out, I was wrong.

We had victory that first game, with a new quarterback and seniors who were hungry for success. It gave me a small grain of hope. Maybe we could salvage the season, generate a few good wins. That would satisfy me.

Then there was Norte Dame. Samford. Mississippi State. And the sweet, sweet revenge against Tennessee, the first blowout for that program on their home turf since 1994. I was personally there to witness that brutal beating.

It didn’t take me long to realize: this wasn’t a season of “a few good wins”. This was something more, something greater than Bulldog fans had experienced in years. This was a season of so many highs, so many victories. Walking around campus, I never felt more unified with a group of people in my life.

I know what you’re thinking: But all that, and it wasn’t enough.

While the heartbreak is fresh coming off of the loss of the National Championship, we cannot forget what this season means for the future of the Georgia Bulldogs. This season, we shattered expectations. We won the title of SEC Champions, when most thought we could not. And, when those same people said we could not become Rose Bowl Champions…

Well. Just ask Baker Mayfield how that went.

We regained the respect the Bulldog Nation deserves. We triumphed this season, even if we are not National Champions. The loss hurts, probably more than anyone expected after such an amazing season. My heart goes out to our seniors especially, who gave so much for this team, and could not be rewarded with the ultimate victory.

It was a harsh blow. And yet, a new season is ahead of us, and with it comes a top recruiting class and a team of players hungry for a second chance, for revenge.

To my fellow Dawg fans, have hope. Because we’re just getting started.

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