Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Getting your butt kicked

So this season of soccer has been abysmal. I hurt my knee in November, so I've only played two games this season and the chances of me playing anymore are slim to none. It's been hard not being able to participate. You lose a little bit of camaraderie with your team mates since your not there to experience the same things they are. I have to watch every game and I'm not able to attend practices.

What's even sadder is that we're getting our butts kicked. I mentioned back in September that we moved up a division and I had high hopes for us. Well we're not doing so well. We've played nine games and we've only won one. Worse is that we haven't even scored in the other eight.

It's been hard to watch, BUT and this is a big BUT, I still wish I was playing. Even though we're getting out played and it's a little demoralizing. I would do anything to be on the pitch kicking a ball with my friends.

The same goes for writing.
Writing is hard. There are times when you stare at a blank screen for hours not knowing what to write. Only to later spend hours, days, and weeks rewriting what you had already spent hours, days, and weeks writing in the first place. Then there's the critiquing process where what you think what you've written is wonderful only to find out that it isn't. And finally rejection, which can sometimes be demoralizing. But even though writing is tough and sometimes I feel like I'm getting my butt kicked, I still want to play.

19 comments:

Catherine Denton said...

Me too! I guess playing is the best part of the game.

Winged Writer

Robyn Campbell said...

Patti, I wanna play too. So exciting, yet so frustrating. Ah the highs and lows of our world. Ain't it great? :-)

And sorry that you won't be able to enjoy your sport this time. Heal well pal. There's always next season.

Heidi Willis said...

Amen!

I'm so sorry you're missing out on the soccer playing. That really stinks that you got hurt!

T. Anne said...

I've been getting my butt kicked too,(in writing). It is totally kicking my butt, however I'm still standing and refuse to let up on my dream I'm tenatious that way ;)

lotusgirl said...

I'm sorry about the whuppin. Just like on the pitch you just gotta keep plugging away and not get discouraged. I hope that your knee gets better quickly and that you find some success with your WIP.

Carolyn V. said...

I hate sitting on the sidelines. And yeah, I still want to play too. I hope your knee will heal enough for you to play again. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. =)

Susan R. Mills said...

Yes, I still want to play too. Great analogy.

Tamika: said...

I hope I never get kicked off the team! Lovely post. I pray you will find another way to connect with the sport you love!

strugglingwriter said...

The only thing worse than losing is not scoring at all. Very frustrating.

Good on you for watching games. That's very hard to do, when you so want to play. I hope you heal soon.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Well said! Butt kickin' is a good way to put it. That's just how it feels sometimes. But I still want to play too! :-)

Lisa and Laura said...

Amen, sister. Writing is tough. You definitely have to love doing it to persevere. My advice? Keep playing!!

Jenn Johansson said...

I totally agree, and I have to add, in writing sometimes it's the worst butt-kickings that help you improve the most. Then the playing gets even more fun.

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Me too! It's worth it!

Paul Greci said...

I hope you get to play again!
I had a little knee surgery in April and the jury is still out on whether I'll be able to keep running marathons.

Great analogy with writing!!

Jessica said...

Cool analogy! Though I'm really sorry about your knee. :-( I played soccer in high school and loved it. I hope next season goes better for you. :-)

Dawn Simon said...

That's a great analogy. I agree--the real joy is in the writing. (Though I'm hoping I can have some of that "less than real" joy too! Hee!)

Candice said...

So true. I guess that how you know you really love something, when the going gets tough and you still wouldn't give it up for anything.

Terri Tiffany said...

Stay in the game! The rewards will be great:)

Amber Lynae said...

I love this message. We should never let our set backs force us to give up. You are awesome, keep on playing the game.