I discovered the NWSL channel on YouTube and I am hooked. The games stream live and are archived there.
Watching the success of the Women’s National Team in the 2012 Olympics and in the 2015 World Cup got me hungry for more so I sought out the pro league and which teams have my favorite players. There are many talented players and I’m finding new ones to root for all the time. I love watching Alex Morgan glide down the field, Meghan Klingenberg hustle and strategize, and Lindsy Horan muscle her way in. The ladies are winning fans with their skill, personality, and heart. It’s all very cool to see.
Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose —it teaches you about life. -Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King has it right regarding sports teaching about character and life. The player has the opportunity to face the anxiety (aka fear) and respond with integrity (aka love). Doesn’t mean they will but it also doesn’t mean they won’t learn to respond with integrity eventually even if a hard fall is required first. People are always learning even if they don’t mean to. Life is one big experiment that way.
Sports aren’t the only places to learn to face the fear and respond with integrity, of course. Lessons come for everyone through one life arena or another: family, school, health, relationships. We can choose to be authentic in our daily interactions and activities. There are opportunities on a daily basis for each of us to choose integrity and good reasons for doing so even if it means “losing” in the interim. The biggest reasons for doing so are to know your true self, to stretch your own personal limits, and to live the whole-hearted* beauty of an authentic life.