My 15 year old son Charles has played baseball for the last 10 years. He’s good. He loves the game. Two weeks ago at the end of basketball season he said, "I want to try Rugby,” and that happens to be the same season as baseball. I was curious, "What about baseball?” "I won’t be able to do that this season if I play Rugby,” he replied.
Now I’m thinking to myself, what about all those years of batting practice, the pitching subtleties, the talent he (and I) had worked so hard on. What about the familiarity of knowing what you’re doing, the confidence one gets when getting really good at something. Why would someone who’s getting really good at something drop that and try something else? And when I asked him why, he said, "It looks like a blast and it looks challenging.”
So, last week he went to rugby practice for the first time and he was, can I say, giddy! He couldn’t wait for the first game. I looked up rugby on YouTube. Baseball and rugby have as much in common as knitters and gladiators.
On the ride home from his first game last night he couldn’t stop talking. (He’s normally pretty quiet, unlike me!) He had bruises and a cleat mark on his chest, he’d had a blast!
He has a new challenge and goal and he loves it.
I was reminded of how adventurous life can be when we take on a new challenge and as Joseph Campbell said, "Follow your bliss.” What can you and I do that "Looks like a blast” and would challenge us? We may have to drop something that we have done for a while to try something new.
What is something that you’d love to do? Why not try it.
P.S. About five years ago, Charles wanted to "try” football. We borrowed some pads and helmet and he stepped on to an existing team for a practice. One practice, and he knew it wasn’t for him. No problem.