The Boys Of Summer
When you have teenage boys who love sports, you better get ready for the great outdoors. Much of my spring and summer is spent sitting in the heat watching baseball tournaments. If you aren’t sitting at a game, you are driving to one – or driving home from one. Its tons of fun at first, but after a while you start looking forward to the end of the season. That’s just how it goes.
A few weeks back, I was talking to one of the other parents and asked the question, “I wonder how many baseball games we have watched our kids play?”
His response was, “I actually wonder how many more we have left.”
At first I misunderstood him. I was thinking along the lines of “How many more games we have left to endure?”
What he was ACTUALLY saying was, “How many more games do we GET to watch?” Suddenly, I was looking at things from a completely different angle.
A New Perspective
It had never occurred to me that I only had a limited amount of time before they would grow up and move on from sports. I guess I assumed I would just grow old sitting at a baseball diamond watching my boys play baseball. It was just one of those things that you never really thought about. I was just going through the motions and trying to endure another couple of hours in the heat. In an instant, watching baseball games had gone from a chore to a “limited time offer”. It just depends on how you look at things.
The season is starting to wind down and there are only a few games left. Soon baseball will be in the rear-view mirror for a few months and the folding chairs will be stored away in the garage. Although I’ll still grumble a bit about the Texas heat, overall I’ll be enjoying the games. All it required was for me to change the way I was thinking about it. I’m just glad I didn’t wait a few more years before I figured things out.
Like a lot of things in life, your perspective has a huge impact on your reality. Your attitude is truly more important than your aptitude. The hard part is wrapping your head around the concept. If you are super-creative, maybe you can think of a way to put a positive spin on things like paying taxes or dieting. (If so, leave them in the comments- I’d love to read them!)