Softball keeps me sane
May 15, 2012 • By Skylar Wilson '13
Filed under Personal Narratives
I am a junior at West Deptford High School. I have many college prep classes, academic clubs, and after school responsibilities. At this time I’m practicing to take my driver’s test in Salem. Right now I have to work on parallel parking, K-turning, stopping fully at stop signs, and maintaining a simple speed limit on the highway. I can honestly say I have a lot on my plate. Keeping my grades up and going to work take up a lot of my time. I have a boyfriend and friends who I blow off a lot to make sure I’m doing what I’m supposed to first, but they understand and support me one-hundred percent.
With all these responsibilities and confusing schedules, I find it easy to say I have a lot of stress built up sometimes. That’s where my secret weapon comes in, softball. I am in love with softball. I’ve been doing it for years and still plan on doing it in the future. It’s my way of relieving stressful thoughts so I can stay sane throughout the week. I am a captain on West Deptford High Schools JV Softball Team. There aren’t even words to explain my mood on the field; I have such a good time as does everyone else around me. We play to enjoy the game and let off some steam where it needs to be released.
As one of the captains, I know the girls on a personal level. I know what they are upset about or what is making them mad when they can’t control their throws down to home base. They trust and talk to me about their issues, even if it’s with one another. I’m there for them, and I help them cope. I teach them how to have fun on the field when they could be out doing something stupid to get their anger and frustration out. They tell me they love me, that if I weren’t around, they don’t know what they would do, that they would probably quit. I believe I make the game fun for everyone, even Coach Montgomery. Thriving to help other people and be the person they can look up to is what I live for, that makes my bad days turn into my good days. Of course, line-driving the ball down the 3rd base line and getting a double also works for getting rid of stress. Softball is fantastic.