As a freshman at Forest High School in 1998, Meghan was anxious to get involved with everything high school had to offer. Instead of waiting until the second semester to try out for the softball team, she decided run cross country to stay in shape.
Meghan had run a few 5k races so she knew a little bit about the sport, but what she didn’t know was that she would fall in love with running. In fact, after earning a varsity letter that fall, she never did try out for softball. Instead, she joined the track team the following January and began running year round.
TBT Lesson #69: Don’t be afraid to try something new. Like the old Alka-Seltzer commercials said, “try it, you’ll like it”.
Last week, a former cross country teammate posted a picture which reminded me of our team picture from the 1974 season…wow 40 years ago! Can you imagine what would happen today if students climbed on the roof of the gym for a team picture? And what about our coach? I’m sure he would be suspended, maybe fired for participation in such dangerous antics.
(I’m the one terrified of heights clutching the ledge of the roof with all my might while trying to look like I was having fun.)
Since Cross Country wasn’t the most popular team sport on campus, we convinced Coach Boyer that we should have our picture taken on the gym roof so we could have the coolest team picture in the yearbook. Of course, I’m not sure anyone else even noticed…probably just flipped past the page to get to football pictures!
What you don’t see is the chaos that ensued when we climbed down. I refused to leave the roof, afraid I’d fall. I think Coach thought it was a stunt to avoid practice, but I was truly frightened. I’d have preferred running to scaling the fence.