I learned pretty late in my college career that I am a much better player when I don’t put so much pressure on myself. When I have fun and just play the game that I love, I have had a lot more success! Although I learned this in college after many frustrations, I still felt some pressure when starting up with my new club team the Meteors. But right away, my coach reminded me. One of his most important rules is to smile while you’re on the court. Work hard and give 100% effort, but smile and enjoy it! This seems to be a pattern in Ireland as well. It seems to be a lot more laid back. People allow themselves to enjoy the moment rather than racing around and being uptight all of the time.
I am normally a very anxious person, always worried about being on time and getting everything done quickly. Maybe college has done that to me or maybe I’ve always been like that. But I love how it feels a bit more relaxed here. There’s always time for a cup of tea or a friendly conversation. The beautiful scenery everywhere allows for the perfect places to sit and think or talk or just breathe! I’ve already found a few spots where I can sit back, relax, pretend I’m a philosopher and ponder life- because everyone secretly loves to do that, admit it! You get to clear your mind and realize your problems are only minuscule when you look at the bigger picture.
I’m not sure how I went from having fun on the court to pondering life as a philosopher in this blog, but I’m just going to go with it. I could definitely get used to this lifestyle. Sorry Mom and Dad but I think I might stay in Ireland!!