How do you keep your game face when you’re indescribably angry, or upset, or just… not in it? Due to circumstances beyond my control, last night I was way off my game. I was 15 minutes late showing up, which caused me to miss the ENTIRE first of three volleyball games… and when I finally did get there I was FUMING. The entire car ride to the arena I’d been cussing and yelling, driving like a complete jerk (which in Baltimore City, probably looked relatively normal), and wishing I had just stayed home. As soon as I stepped on the turf I knew I was done for. I’m pretty sure my team knew too. One of my teammates that I’m less friendly with even made a comment after one of my WHACKED out return bumps; “Even God couldn’t have saved that ball!” C’mon bro… you know I’m off my game tonight… don’t add insult to injury. Regardless… it was a terrible evening. The other team was on top of it… completely slaughtered us… I can’t take full blame, however, because of how remarkable the other team was. I was actually speaking to my coach during the game and we both agreed, that team shouldn’t be playing at the same level we were… They were doing all sorts of craziness that mid-level rec volleyballers should NOT be doing. Seriously? Spike in my face? It’s not that serious… not at mid level recreation. If you’re in a competitive team trying to win money or a national championship or something, please!!! But this is a fun, SOCIAL club. You’re going to hurt someone.
Anyway *steps off soapbox*, my question to you guys… how do you keep your game face when you have something that is bothering you sooooooooo bad? I was unable to brush off my anger and disappointment that caused me to be late, so much so, that it affected my performance… tremendously. Any helpful coping mechanisms? Meditation before hand? Punch the crap out of the seat in the car before I enter the arena?? Seriously, I’m up for ANY and ALL advice. I can’t let this happen again. Because… despite my abysmal performance last night, with the record my team still holds, WE’RE GOING TO THE PLAY OFFS!!! (YAY!) So, I definitely need to step up my game, if something happens to happen (happens to happen?? lol) again. I can’t risk playing like I did last night ANY time in the future. So, any suggestions? Thanks!!
As always, have a happy and healthy day, and thank goodness it’s almost Friday!!!!! 🙂