5 Lessons from Varsity Football

A week ago, Caroline posted what she had learned from high school tennis, and I thought I would do a similar post once football season ended. The season ended last Friday, and I will not lie to you . . . I cried for about 15 minutes after the game ended. The season didn't go as well as we would have liked, but I have been so blessed to be able to spend three seasons with this same group of guys now. After spending another 100 days with these guys, I've learned a lot.

Family is super important | I can't tell you how much I love this team with all my heart. It's been such an experience/blessing getting to spend three or four years with the seniors and juniors. Over time, they've become like a family to me, and over the years, I've learned how important it is to have a family because they're there for you when life can get hard. I am getting to stay in Georgia for my senior year, and I am super honored to be able to stay with these guys for another year. 

What doesn't kill you makes you gag | I swear, nothing smells worse than the boys' locker room. That's all I have to say.

You don't have to be serious all the time | One of the privileges of spending Monday-Wednesday at practice is I get to hang out with what the guys like to call the ICU or the Injured Cure Unit. While I don't love to hang out with them 24/7, I have learned a lot from them. Some things that I never wanted to know, but they make me laugh. They have made me realize that I don't have to be super uptight all the time and take everything so seriously. 

How to win and how to lose | I never really grew up around competitive sports, but over the past three years, I've definitely learned how to be a good winner and loser. It's something I believe our coaches stress a lot. I've also learned how to accept losses. I am proud to stand by the team every Friday night no matter what their outcome is because I know how hard they work. That's become more important to me than any win. (But winning is definitely nice.)

Hard work is the most satisfying thing | One of the things I am most proud of is my letter jacket. I fully believe it gives me a bond to the all of the guys who have earned a letter too. This is my second year of working with the varsity team, and I love being able to watch their games and know that I have contributed something to the team.

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