I think every athlete can agree that this season has been nothing but strange. We have had to adjust to this new season, make lots of changes to the practice schedule and so much more. When we came back from our “extended Spring Break” this fall, we could only practice in small groups. A huge part of volleyball is blocking, and we haven’t been able to do that until a few weeks ago. We lift in small groups, and we do our conditioning outside or in the pool — yes, the volleyball team is also a part-time swim team. In short, our spring season that we missed has been moved to the fall.
Despite how crazy this season has been, my team has been able to find the joy in it all. We were all pretty upset when we found out our season was canceled, but we have been able to lift each other up and make each other better despite the circumstances. I often get caught up thinking about when our season will happen — wondering what that will look like if it does happen, wondering when we don’t have to wear masks, and so on.
One of my teammates said something that really encouraged me and stuck with me: She said to be where my feet are. I think everyone reading this can agree that they have worried about the future and looked forward to the day we no longer are living through a pandemic. We get so caught up in worrying about the future that we miss what God has in store for us in the present moment. I am so insanely thankful for my coaches and teammates who point me to Jesus and help me find the joy in all things. So, just as my friend told me, I am telling you: Remember to be where your feet are this week.