Spring is in the air. By now all of MLB’s 32 baseball cities have held their opening day. This past Monday I was fortunate enough to attend another one of the St. Louis Cardinals opening days with my dad and grandpa. There’s something about opening day in baseball that brings out the kid in us all. The packed stands, hot dogs, peanuts, and the roar of the crowd always bring back great memories. In St. Louis it’s the Clydesdales and Hall of Famers in their red jackets. This week we’ll once again take a look at life and sports, and discuss why we should all be “Just Like Kids” more often.
We need to have more joy in our lives. Joy is what comes to mind when I think of kids playing sports. They are happy to just to be playing a game. Kids have the biggest smiles on their faces when they are enjoying a sport. Can’t you just picture the joyous scene of a group of young athletes taking the field with joy to play their favorite game? They are in the best moods and there isn’t a mean bone in their body. As adults we too often forget what it is like to be a kid. We let the hustle and bustle of our lives bog us down. It takes days like opening day in baseball to bring that joy back. But why should it? We should carry this joy with us all the time. So let’s let go of all the envy, bitterness, and complication in our lives and bring back the joy the kids have!
The great thing about sports is that they bring people together. Sports are about camaraderie and relationships. When you really think about it, sports and business mirror each other. I bet we’d be more successful in business if we approached it differently. What if we didn’t judge others? Kids are not born with prejudice or hatred. It’s learned. What if we adults smiled more often and were more friendly to all that we encountered? When I take my son to a playground I can’t help but notice that all the kids want to do there is be happy and have fun. Why do we lose this as we grow older? What would happen if we took that same joy and enthusiasm and put it into our jobs, families, and hobbies? I bet we’d all be a lot more happy and successful.
The great thing about opening day in any sport is the return of the players and the game we all love. Everyone is just happy to have their team and players back to cheer for. What if we were just happy to cheer for and support our kids at their sports games? What if we stopped judging them on winning and losing a fifth grade basketball game? Wins and losses shouldn’t matter in youth sports. Too often we as adults make it more about us and we take the fun out of playing for our kids. As adults we should be more like kids and just enjoy the experience. We need to stop putting pressure on our kids to win and have a great stat line. Our focus should be on sitting back, watching, cheering, and supporting them to the best of our ability.
If we could hold onto the childlike joy and enthusiasm that our kids have we would be much more happy and successful as adults. So let’s take a deep breath, relax, and enjoy life. Let’s go back to being “Just Like Kids.”
As always, thanks for reading, have a great week and be an RGP today!