One Year With COVID-19: 5 Sports-Themed Silver Linings
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To say itâ€™s been a challenging year is an understatement. The closed sporting venues, the unexpectedly long offseason and overall uncertainty about the future of amateur team sports has weighed on all of us, kids and adults alike. Thereâ€™s still a lot of uncertainty. Weâ€™re figuring out how masks are impacting youth sports and how to stay socially distanced while spectating. Hopefully, weâ€™ll be turning a corner in 2021, as more vaccines come available and we find new ways to keep ourselves and our families safe.
After one year of dealing with COVID-19, weâ€™ve all learned a few things â€” beyond how to wash our hands for 20 seconds and how to log into multiple Zoom meetings per day. As we begin playing sports again, we can apply some of these lessons both on and off the field.
Weâ€™ve learned things donâ€™t always go as planned
In sports and life, things donâ€™t always go how we plan. We might have practiced all the moves and studied all the strategy only to be surprised with a maneuver that throws us for a loop. The key is to keep trying and never give up.
Weâ€™ve learned how to pivot
Weâ€™ve heard this word a whole lot during the past year. But knowing how to pivot is a valuable skill. Consider other words for pivot: rotate, swivel, revolve, spin. Think about how we might move in these ways while playing sports or doing activities. When things take a turn, we can turn to meet them â€” on or off the field.
Weâ€™ve learned to solve problems
The past year has propelled us to be creative in how we approach our hobbies, our jobs and our relationships. Maybe weâ€™ve done virtual workouts with our team to stay active during the shut-down, or maybe weâ€™ve turned our backyards into temporary soccer fields or volleyball courts. By working our brains as much as our bodies, we can solve tough problems.Â
Weâ€™ve learned the value of communication
Being on a team requires strong communication. Sure, right now weâ€™re doing a lot of communicating over screens and from behind face masks. Yet weâ€™re still able to express ourselves and meaningfully connect. Whenever weâ€™re back at school, work or sports, we can take these heightened communication skills with us.
Weâ€™ve learned that weâ€™re all in this together
Itâ€™s easy to take sides in sports, and thereâ€™s no harm in a little friendly competition. Yet, this year has given us the ability to see one another with a bit more empathy and kindness. Weâ€™re all hoping for an end to the virus, a return to a bit of our old ways of being. This experience has been challenging, but itâ€™s also been a reminder that weâ€™re all human, and weâ€™re all in this together.