As my girls’ soccer season comes to an end, I find myself feeling a sense of sadness , a sense of longing to be with the team. As parents, we’ve spent months together, sitting on the sidelines at practice, sharing snacks, talking about school and the weather, trying to keep little siblings occupied. Then at the games, cheering, screaming for our team. Jumping up and down with excitement when one of our girls scores or has an amazing save. High-fiving each other. And then at the end, declaring “good game” no matter if we won or lost. Then there was the championship game. The anticipation, the nerves. The screaming and cheering. The high-fives. And the “what a great season!” I will miss that. Why? To be honest, I don’t even know the names of the other parents. I don’t really know who they are. But we are connected by one common thread. We are a team. And when you spend that much time together fighting for a common purpose, being driven with dedication, you bond. You are strengthened.
Whether it is a soccer team or a work team, find your purpose. Fight for it. Say it out loud and cheer together. Be strengthened. And at the end, amongst high-fives, don’t forget to say, “good game.”
I'm Erin, and typos drive me crazy! I'm an MBA graduate with over 15 years of experience in HR, small business management, academia, and social media. I am a wife, mother, half marathon runner, and lover of the outdoors.