1. I'm kinda clumsy.
No, really. Like, I might trip over my own self. Or hit someone in the face with my attempts to make a basket.
2. I'm not really into sports.
For instance, one time I was playing flag football and I totally threw the ball to the wrong end zone. Cause I don't really understand the gist of football... or most any other sports for that matter.
3. The people I would normally play sports with are super competitive and make me feel like a schmuck for sucking at sports.
Even getting me to consider playing sports... is a big deal. And the times that I have, no one will pass me the ball/frisbee/football/hackysack...etc. because I'm not going to score any points with my lack of skill. I get a lot of eye rolls and a lot of sighs and a lot of being rejected. Sad, but true.
4. I'm not competitive.
When I play sports...it's for fun. That's it. I don't care if the other team makes a basket or a goal, I'm gonna clap. Cause you know what... that takes skill and talent... and I appreciate that. I'm not gonna get upset cause I didn't win... I just don't care enough.
But today, playing with the people at work, I felt completely comfortable, and completely valued. They never made fun of me, never rolled their eyes, and we didn't keep score. We just had fun. We got exercise and cheered each other on and just laughed a lot. I even shot the ball at the wrong basket... I missed, by the way... and no one got upset, and they even continued to throw me the ball afterwards. I felt like there were finally people who would be willing to put themselves on my level and be real teammates. At the end, they were all encouraging me and giving me high fives and just hugging me and making me feel like part of the family. It was so great! And, it was during office hours, so we got paid to play basketball! :D I LOVE MY JOB! And I LOVE the people I work with!
After we got done playing, Tim, one of the head honchos at my office, said: NOW you're officially hired! :D
In other news, I completed my first ever quarterly journal publication for my job and it felt so great!! My boss encouraged me and was so proud of me! Today was a GREAT day!!
Enjoy some photos:
taking a practice shot
all tuckered out from playing a good game!