Play Your Best!

When Throw Back Thursday (#TBT) and Flash Back Friday (#FBF) started popping up on social media networks I didn’t get it. Actually, I was annoyed by it. I don’t know why I was so adverse to the idea but eventually I caught on to the trend, accepted it, and started to participate.


Over the past few months I have spent more time going through old photos, which has stirred up deeper feelings. It reminds me that who I am today REALLY is because of all my prior experiences. As you post old photos have you thought about hose memories? Each of those moments has shaped your life and has an affect on your life. It is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day minutia in this game of life and ignore the journey that has shaped us into the human being we are today.



Look at me in this picture. I was scared $#!tless. I was confused. I didn’t even want to smile for the camera, which was unlike me at that age. You see, mom signed me up for basketball when 8 years old because my birthday missed the cut off date for softball. When my mom walked through the front door and broke the news to me that I wouldn’t be able to play softball with my friends tears began to pour down my face. What my 8-year-old self couldn’t see at the time was that basketball would have such a positive impact on my life and help shape me into the woman I am today.


I didn’t know anything about basketball at that time. I was the tinniest person on my team, hence the #1 jersey that was too big for me and I was terrified of going to practice because I would get tangled up in the colored pennies when we had to split into two teams.


I don’t think anyone could have predicted that the girl in the picture would end up being the starting point guard for her college basketball team that made it into the Sweet Sixteen her senior year.

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I know I didn’t.


All I know is that I grew to love the game. I worked hard, and although I was not the most skilled player on the court I knew I could out work anyone. And I eventually learned how to put on the colored pennies correctly!


Many times in my basketball career I was told I wasn’t going to get anywhere. I wasn’t fast enough, I wasn’t tall enough, and my free throw shot looked funny or my left wasn’t good enough. I wouldn’t allow myself to hear any of it. I was going to do whatever it took to play the game I loved. I left everything on the court each and every workout, practice, and game.


There are many times I fear where my career and life are headed and the nay-sayers seem to be more abundant and louder. And even though some days it is more difficult than others I have to be reminiscent of that little Pistol I was throughout my basketball career who wouldn’t let anyone deter her from her dreams and ended up accomplishing more than she could fathom. It may be decades later but I still have that same heart and drive and I can accomplish anything I set my mind on.


We are all capable of more and it is our duty to show up every day, play hard and leave it all on the court.


What will you do to play your best today?

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