In one hour and ten minutes I will be 32. Some days I truly feel like I’ve missed any chance to be who I am meant to be. Other days, like yesterday, I’m reminded that it is both okay not to find your calling until 40+ and that I am on my way there; wherever there is. I haven’t been excited about much lately, but I’m beginning to find my passion again and it’s exciting!
Yesterday one of my best friends called to let me know my order is almost done – I got Santa sacks for the boy’s Christmas presents. Anyway, she asked what I was up to so I let her know I was on my way to volleyball. She assumed I meant watching or coaching, but I told her I was going to her church to play. She had only just left the building a few minutes prior so she hopped in the car and met me there. Playing wasn’t on her radar, but she did want to see what we could do. We chatted a bit and she mentioned I’d been tagged in a post about coaching recently on Facebook.
For some quick background…
My little town of 6,000 – 7,000 people doesn’t have a single school with volleyball as a sport. The high school is the only one in the county without a team. Our junior high doesn’t have one either. I played volleyball year-round in high school and played varsity for my college, so it’s sad to see it missing.
I was grateful to find my passion still lies in volleyball when I joined this adult volleyball group back in May. They meet most Sunday and Wednesday nights after church to play for a couple of hours. I helped coach a club team one year after college. Unfortunately work and life prevented me from being able to finish the season or help the next year. I gave up thinking about it until this summer. One of the guys I play with put the bug in my ear to get the sport going in town. He mentioned it to the athletic director at the high school who seemed to dismiss the idea entirely; so I let it go.
There’s local interest!
Come back to last night. I learned that three different people had tagged me on a post, three WEEKS ago, but I never saw it. I wasn’t friends with the gal who posted it so I couldn’t see the tags. Thanks Facebook. Anyway, she was curious if it was possible for the junior high girls to start playing volleyball soon. I actually had considered a few weeks ago that maybe I should look at starting in the junior high and working my way into the high school after that. Create a feeder program for the high school that maybe they won’t be able to ignore.
I messaged the principal at the junior high today and she really liked the idea so we are going to chat on the phone soon to see if we can make it happen for next season.
If y’all haven’t figured it out yet, I’m all-in when I set my mind. It can be quite annoying.
Anyway, I decided if I’m really going to pitch this soon I better look like I know what I’m doing so I called to get quotes on gear from scratch so I know how much I need to pitch to boosters about cost and fundraising.
I’m usually a “wing it” girl, even with my tenacity, so getting some prices was a big deal for me! Plus I might have found a replacement net for our normal adult pick up league!
I’m going to see if I can figure out what all I need to really build this sport from scratch in my town. Who knows, maybe I’ll write about it on here so I can help other potential coaches with a checklist of things to help get a volleybal – or any sport – added to their area.
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