WRITTEN BY NADYA ARMENTA
What does love have to do with sports? Commitment.
Almost like committing to two-a-day practices for seven days a week: dedication.
Almost like former Arizona Cardinals safety Pat Tillman, who put his NFL career on hold and dedicated the rest of his life to serving his country: time.
Like all that time you spend during preseason workouts to get yourself ready for the regular season. When it comes to love, it’s all or nothing.
Growing up, I played football, basketball, soccer, volleyball and softball. I loved something about each sport.
When I played football, I was the only girl on a coed tackle football team who happened to play quarterback. I loved calling the shots. When I played basketball, I loved dribbling with both hands longer than the rest of my teammates. When I played volleyball, I loved the feeling of spiking the ball and the sound when it hit my hand.
Sports were a huge part of my life and everything in the sports world was certain. I knew I was going to be the quarterback on game days. I knew that I was going to play outside hitter during our volleyball season.
However, when I came to college, situations became uncertain. Love is unpredictable, commitment is scary and dedication is not always promised.
Dating in college — those three words bring uncertainty. Very often, we hear, “you make time for the opportunities you want,” and my personal favorite “only time will tell.” The idea of dating is cute: dinner dates, movie nights and being in the presence of someone you’re interested in. However, the scary part comes when you really start to like someone and you don’t know if the feeling is mutual.
You’re asking someone for their time and you are making that person a priority in your life. People like me do not have the time available to give yourself to someone like that. We have several priorities we need to worry about: class, jobs, no money, and our mental and emotional health. We are trying to keep up, my last priority is dating.
However, sports taught me to be fearless. Sports taught me to always try your best and give your all no matter what happens. I think those aspects can be applied when it comes to dating. Don’t be afraid to shoot your shot and go for the buzzer beater.
So here’s my advice to you. First, commit to being the best you can be, for you. Second, dedicate your time and energy to activities and hobbies that make you happy. Third, use your time to the best of your ability. We aren’t promised another day, so love with intent. Throughout playing sports, I have learned to love myself and love others more than I could ever imagine.