A few months ago I watched the documentary series on Netflix entitled Baseball narrated by Ken Burns. Sports is such a reflection of life. With hard work, discipline, dedication, team spirit, and a little bit of luck you will be successful. Unlike basketball,hockey, and football, baseball has no time limit. Mario Cuomo said it best, “in baseball you play until you lose“. A metaphor that is the epitome of life.There is no clock that limits our chances. In the game of baseball we keep giving ourselves a chance: we as players, dictate our chances of winning, not a time limit. Our perseverance, and patience is what wins us the game, along with a little bit of luck. In life, like in baseball, we are given many swings, many opportunities, and we more often times than not, blow them by being too impatient or hesitant to swing at an opportunity because of our own fear.
Once we overcome that fear and finally make a hit, we head to the bases. First base-our beginnings. First base represents finally getting our break in life, we are eager and anxious to move on. Second base-our preparation. Second bases is when we reach the point of feeling secure in our position, and we begin to prepare ourself for ultimate goal. We have a clearer vision of what we want to do and how we’re going to get there. We rely heavily on our teammates to help push us to the next level. Third base-final touches. At this point you’re ready! You’re almost at the finish line you put in all the work and made decisions that not only benefited you but your team as well, but you still have a few more long days ahead of you before you make it home. Home-your accomplishment. With, patience, persistence, and a great team you finally accomplished your goal! You can finally celebrate with people who helped you make it. You get a chance to come full circle and look at where you started and relish in all the work that you’ve done.
No matter if you just stepping up to the plate, or which base your on, play until you lose! But first you have to take a swing at life.