What Playing Youth Sports Taught Me About Being An Adult

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    #4 Rain Or Shine, The Game Will Go On

    One of my greatest memories playing youth soccer was one particular season when we had an abnormal amount of rain in northern California. The coaches and parents discussed canceling some games and practices since the field was semi-ruined and the constant downpour would make for unideal playing conditions. However, in the end no games or practices were cancelled and we straight up “played through it.” I never forgot this and actually call on this memory in moments when life’s circumstances are not ideal. Yes storms may come and go, but not playing is not an option. The ability to adjust despite your circumstances is invaluable and admirable, so thank you stormy soccer season for teaching me this.

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    #5 You Play The Way You Practice

    Phrases like “you wont have to get ready if you stay ready,” or “go all out,” were on repeat my entire youth soccer career. I learned early on that the way you practice directly affects the way you play. Being late, only doing enough to get by or goofing off at practice all create memories that your mind and body will reenact when it is “game time.” Therefore the self discipline, determination and drive that was honed during practice ultimately resembled my performance on game day. And the same can be said in life. Daydreaming and hoping something happens is not what makes things happening. Good things come to those who work hard…not to those who wait. Practice like you play so when the door to opportunity opens you can sprint straight through it.

    Robbie Ann Darby (RAD Experience) is a professional FitGirl, Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer in NYC. Follow her sweaty life on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more fun health and fitness tips!

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