Time flies, right? Days fly by, weeks fly by, years fly by. Suddenly you're looking back at your life wondering where did the time go. I wish I would have spent more time studying. I wish I would have spent more time with my kids. I wish I would have visited my grandparents more often. I wish I would have found more time for prayer. I wish I would have pushed myself to be a better player, took more swings. Why do we have all these wishes? Why does our life seem to be dictated by things that we don't necessarily value. It's not a simple question, and there is not a simple answer.
As I think back to when I was little, I don't remember having so many wishes. My priorities were so much clearer. Faith, family and friends. Get my homework done, try not to get grounded, and play with my brother and sisters and friends in the neighborhood.
As I've gotten older, and especially recently, I've found that it's been very easy, inevitable really, to get pulled in different directions. I have a family, a mortgage, bills for cell phones, cable, and groceries, and until recently, a demanding career. My weeks and months have been flying by. The only time I slowed down enough to notice the passing time was when I'd pack up my son's clothes as he grew out of them. Packing up newborn, then 3 month then 6 month outfits, amazed at how fast Will's grown.
The things that are most important to me, spending time with family, focusing on my faith, and being a good friend were definitely on my radar, but amidst many other things. It was time to TAKE BACK THE CLOCK. Rearrange my radar.
I am now a stay home mom, have started a business with my family to give back to kids and help them develop their softball skills, more importantly their life skills, and have focused on finding more time for faith. For myself, these three fundamental things encourage the best version of me.
I know that when I grow older, I'll still look back at my life and wish that I would have done certain things differently. But for now, I am going to focus on spending my minutes carefully and enjoying them slowly and often.
Maria Van Abel & Laura Beyer
When we started 360U Softball in 2016, our goal was to help softball players get better. We found a lot of athletes needing instruction, and wanted to help them bridge the gap between where they were, and where they wanted to be as softball players. VERY quickly, we found that the grand opportunity in front of us was not just to teach mechanics to these young women, but FAR more importantly, to help them understand how truly amazing each and every one of them are and to find their best self.