This past weekend, I traveled to a competition with the women’s dragon boat team that I coach. For this particular race, I got to participate not only as a coach but also as an athlete. For various reasons, I have not been able to paddle much myself over the past few years, so this event represented more than one challenge for me.
In a previous post, I wrote about my belief that our Higher Selves choose lessons for us to learn in each particular lifetime. I believe that my Higher Self nudged me towards sports and fitness as the best “university” for me to learn my particular lessons. I’ve played sports and competed since I was twelve years old, and for better or worse, I’ve become the person I am because of it.
For example, this weekend I was practically bombarded with life lessons. In a forty-eight hour period, I had an opportunity to learn about
- being both a leader of a group and a part of that group,
- pulling on my “big girl panties” when it was race time even if I wasn’t feeling particularly fierce at that moment,
- graciously accepting the support and love of my teammates instead of thinking that it’s weak to do so, and
- finding the best in each person in the group and fostering that quality.
There were so many more little moments of learning and understanding. This weekend was a symbol for all the lessons I’ve had in a lifetime of sports.
What about you? What’s your “university” for life lessons? Share your “alma mater” here!