A friend of mine from high school is working on a spiritual/devotional book for athletes and he asked me if I would write a short piece for one of the sections. After writing it, I decided that I would share it here as well since I know that I don't normally share too much about my life besides the usual day-to-day activities. So this is my personal story about a time when I didn't get exactly what I wanted.
"Eventually, all of the pieces will fall into place. Until then, laugh at the confusion, live for the moment, and know that everything happens for a reason."
What does this have to do with the “B” team you might ask? Simple. As I sit on campus at my law school today in California, I realize that I probably would not be here, were it not for those few “wasted” months my junior year. At the time, I didn’t understand why I was not being given what I wanted. It was not until recently that I looked back and realized that maybe God had bigger plans for me and this was the road I had to take to get here. Now, I understand. Had I not tried out, I would not have travelled to Philadelphia where those forty minutes of playing time would grant me the chance to play college soccer. I never would have moved to Louisiana and who knows where I would be right now? Probably not in law school. I know now, that life happened the way that it did for a reason. I was with the "A" team for as long as I needed to be and not a moment longer. I don't regret it. I should mention that playing with the “B” team was not the worst thing in the world. Turns out, I was reunited with so many girls that I played soccer with growing up. I never really did connect with any of the girls on the “A” team, but here, I was surrounded by friends. Looking back, I ended my senior year of high school, playing the game I love with the people I love. I created more memories with a team that I “fit” with. Most importantly, when one door shut, I didn't pack my things and go home. I entered through the door that was left open for me and made the most of it. I’ve never been happier than I am today. Not getting what you want isn't always such a bad thing, so I don’t worry so much anymore when life isn't going exactly according to plan. I guess my mother was right.