Baseball and How It Relates to Life

Baseball has been my favorite sport ever since I can remember. The crack of the bat, the sound of the ball hitting the glove, all bring me joy. Baseball also has a lot of lessons that can relate to life. A strong work ethic, learning from failure, and having fun, are three valuable lessons I have learned from baseball that I apply to my everyday life. Lessons that I will never forget and try to improve on daily.

Having a strong work ethic is vital in baseball. How do you expect to be good at it if you don’t work hard at it? The key to practicing baseball is repetition. So much of it is muscle memory and being able to repeat the same motions over and over again. That is why the best of them take ground ball after ground ball and swing until their hands bleed in the cage. The drive and determination is what sets them apart from other players in the league. You can take this drive and determination and apply it to your everyday life as well. Getting up in the morning and starting your day off right by eating a healthy breakfast is a great start. Lying around in bed until the very last second to get up is a lazy and ineffective habit. Get up and go work hard at your job, your school, or whatever it may be and become the best at it to set yourself apart from other people.

Failing is something you are going to do a lot of in baseball and in life. In baseball, you can get out seven out of ten times and still be classified as a great hitter. That is amazing to me. 70% of the time you can fail and still be a good player. The best ones are able to learn from their failure and get better from it. It is inevitable in this game to fail. You are just not going to get around it. But if you are able to learn from your mistakes and make sure they happen as least as possible, then you are able to get better and succeed more. The same can be said for life. Nobody goes through life undefeated. You are going to have your ups and downs. As long as you can learn from your downs to ensure that you have more ups then you will be all right.

Learning to have fun is the most important thing you can learn from baseball. The game is so strategic and intense, you sometimes forget why you are playing. There are so many little joys of the game that are often taken for granted. Conversing with teammates, enjoying the atmosphere, and just playing the actual game in general are some of the many pleasurable parts of the game. At some point, you will not be able to play the game you love so very much ever again. That is why you have to enjoy the little things about the game every chance you get. Life is no different. Your time is going to come and you never know when it is going to be. For this reason, go out and enjoy the small things in life. Whether it be hanging out with friends and family, watching your favorite movie, or whatever it may be. Go out and do it because life is too short to not enjoy it.

Work ethic, learning from failure, and having fun are all habits you can apply to the baseball field as well as life. Working hard to become the best version of yourself is a daily grind. Learning from failure and past mistakes can help you grow stronger than ever before. Having fun and keeping a smile on your face helps going through struggles and the pleasures that much more enjoyable. Baseball is a great sport and can teach you some valuable lessons in the game of life.

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