Sometimes, you have to be the benchwarmer. You don’t always get to be the starter. You may not even get the chance to play. But you should sit there with a positive attitude, supporting your team from the sidelines. You’ll get your turn, and when you do, you’ll be seen as a team player, not a complainer.
You will not bat a thousand. You’ll strike out more than once. But even when you do, you’ll get your chance again. The same goes for life: You’ll sometimes miss what you’re swinging at. However, you must keep your eye on the ball and keep swinging until you hit the big one.
You’ll fall down. Get up, brush yourself off, and keep moving. It’s okay. Everyone falls from time to time.
Be a team player. Always. Support your fellow teammates. Root for them. Cheer them on. Be happy for them, genuinely happy.
You’re not always going to be the MVP. There will always be somebody more successful. You don’t always get to be the superstar in everything you do.
Be a good loser. You lost? Yeah, it sucks. No one WANTS to lose, but it happens. Learn to accept it graciously. Do you have to like it? No, but you have to learn to deal with it appropriately.
Be a good winner. Be humble. Learn humility. Don’t gloat. Don’t taunt. Relish in your victory, but with your teammates, not against the competition.
Shake hands with your opponent. Win, lose or draw, shake hands.
Have fun. Soak it in. Live in the moment.
And lastly, never stop the snacks and juice boxes. Even adults enjoy this part––we just call it “happy hour”!