What My Middle Schooler Taught Me About Trying New Things
By Katy Agro Myers
This year, my oldest wanted to play football. Tackle. Football. I wasn't ready.
"It's so dangerous." "It's so violent." "He's not really an aggressive player, so how will he play football?" These were just some of the thoughts I had going through my head.
Needless to say, I had a lot of feelings about it. And you know what happens when the oldest wants to do something, right? Then the little ones want to do it too! Nope, I was drawing the line there. I told them we could discuss it when they are 10, but not until then.
Lucas worked out all summer at Redline Athletics Glen Burnie, building his strength, speed, and agility. He went to football clinics with Redline, and come July, started practicing with his new football team. From the very first practice, Lucas was PUMPED. He was part of a team. A football family. He was so excited to tell us he was going to play defense and all I could think was that he was going to get flattened. 🤦♀️
The first game came and I was nervous. But he wasn't. He had SO much fun. I had SO much fun watching and cheering for him. And he didn't get flattened! The coaches have been so great, firm with expectations - but have taken the time to build a relationship with the team. Hearing his name over the loud speaker a few times this year when he's made a tackle has given him a little extra swagger in his step. I've been so impressed with the organization as a whole - that I've told the twins they can play next fall too!
I'm so proud of Lucas for wanting to try something new. For stepping out of his comfort zone. For forcing his parents to also step out of our comfort zones. I'm proud of him for making new friends. For finding his tribe. I'm proud of him for having FUN - and reminding me that I can have fun too. Maybe, just maybe, he'll inspire me to try something new this year too.