There comes a point when you just need to try some new things, whether you know what to expect or not. Last night, Aaron and I had our first Dodgeball game as part of a league we joined with some friends. We really didn’t know what to expect, as I haven’t played an intense game of dodgeball in quite some time. When I was first asked about playing over a month ago, my immediate answer was “No.” I’ll be honest, I didn’t even think about it and just said no. I was always the one picked last for gym classes, and that’s still ingrained in my brain as not being good enough. I also really like schedules, and really don’t like going out late at night on a weekday. Crazy, I know. After giving it a thought, though, when Aaron asked “why not?” I realized I was missing out on life by saying no. I had the opportunity to meet up with friends during the week, play a game that would be fun, and be a little spontaneous. I changed my mind from no to yes, and actually looked forward to the game last night (even though it began at 9:30!)
Upon arriving and seeing the teams before us whip the ball, jump high, and just look like they were good, I became a bit nervous. The other team was a bit nerve-wracking, and they really weren’t too fun. Our team laughed, our team tried new things, our team had a great time! Their team looked like they were out to win a billion dollars (there is actually nothing to win, btw), and like they weren’t having a good time. Don’t get me started on how they would roll the balls to our team so we had no chance to catch them… Let’s also forget how I was the last one in in the 11th game and an 8 ft man (alright slight exaggeration), surpassed the bounds, jumped as high as he could, and wailed the ball at me… I’m alright, but the initial shock was far worse. Regardless of what happened, I had an absolute blast. I can’t wait for next week (which is at an earlier time, thankfully!)
Not only did I go out last night, but Aaron and I are heading out tonight, somewhere we have never been, also. One of our couple friends (who also played dodgeball!) invited us to a get together they have each Thursday. The location changes every week based on who is hosting it and we really aren’t sure what to expect other than it is five married couples. I’m excited to get to know some other married couples, but of course I was hesitant to do this, too, when I knew I was out Wednesday and have a busy weekend ahead. I can say, though, that I am genuinely looking forward to getting to know other people (friends are always good!)!
I may not have gotten a great workout in before work on Wednesday, or have time for a better one before dodgeball. I did not wake up early this morning to work out (getting plummeted in the face probably had something to do with it..) nor will I be able to get a workout in after work before we leave. But you know what? Sometimes you have to weigh it. Is working out going to make me the happiest today, or meeting new people? Would I have had a better time getting in a good workout last night instead of dodgeball? No way. I’m learning that life needs to be flexible. I can have the greatest intentions, but if the end result isn’t worth it, then maybe it’s not worth it. For this week, it’s about trying new things. Maybe my workouts will go from 6 times a week to 4 or 5. Maybe they will stay at 6 and I just fit them in when I can. I don’t know, and I really don’t care right now. Working out will be there, but opportunities can pass by if we let them. If you take one thing away from this today, I hope it’s that you will try new things because life is just too short. You may not be good at them right away (I throw like a girl…) but it’s not always about being the best, either.