I've never been good at team sports and especially ones that included... (get your minds out of the gutter!) BALLS! All through school, I was never chosen first for any team and I don't think I was ever properly taught how to hit a softball. And whenever someone would ask me to play, I would always reply, "I'm just not that kind of girl." But secretly...I always wished I was. I always wanted to be that girl who hits the ball out of the park and was genuinely awesome at every sport...all the while staying feminine.
So, yesterday, I walked in Chelsea Piers and headed straight for the batting cages. "I'm here to hit some balls..." I said. "Ok, how many tokens?" "Tokens? This is for adults, right?" The man behind the desk smiles and nods his head, Yes. I chose three tokens which gave me a total of 30 pitches. I asked for any last minute advice seeing as I don't remember hitting an actual softball/baseball EVER...he said, "Make sure you stand in the box next to the base." Ok, I thought. I can do this. I picked out my helmet and a bat and put my first token in the machine. I was genuinely nervous; heart-racing, palms sweaty. It was conjuring up the same feelings I had when I walked into Planned Parenthood or when I knocked on my neighbors doors to introduce myself or when I went to an AA meeting. Why was I feeling the same when all were entirely different scenarios?
My first pitch comes....I swing and I miss. Second one....nope, missed that one, too. Cut to pitch TEN aaaaannnnd...I missed again. Maybe this is something I can't learn. But, I remember what my juggling coach said, "No one ever fails." So, I put my second token in...And by pitch 6...I HIT ONE!!!!! I was so excited, jumping up and down that I missed pitch 7! By my third token, I actually hit THREE balls!!! I couldn't believe it! I ran out and bought another token. Last ten pitches, I hit FIVE balls! FIVE!!! I walked away on a high. You just don't know what you're capable of until you try. Maybe I am becoming that kind of girl after all.
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These blog posts are part of my #40daysoffearlessacts Challenge. When I turned Forty on June 6th of this year, I decided to STEP-UP my life and created a "40 Days of Fearless Acts" challenge. Follow along as I step out of my comfort zone, do things that scare me, that I've never done before and/or are just plain silly and make me laugh!