The other day I explained why I’m on this journey to someone I am very close to. This person has their doubts about my dream and questions why I don’t want to settle for career advancement in the job I currently have. I think I explained it well. That explanation is my purpose. To know one’s purpose and then live out that purpose every moment of your life. That’s the optimal way to live [in my opinion 🙂 ]. Your purpose will get you up at the crack of dawn every single day, ready to tackle the day. Your purpose will give you the ability to push past any limits you’ve imposed on yourself. Your purpose will enhance all the joy and love you share with the world and other people. Purpose is the rock. Purpose is why your being has taken a temporary home in your extraordinary body to contribute something special to the universe. Here’s the purpose of my dream.
- I want to see how good I can be at something, especially something I love to do. I know I haven’t reached my potential. I was improving rapidly in the weeks leading up to my injury and if I let that incident end my baseball career then I’ll never know how good I could’ve been. I must keep going as long as I’m improving.
- I want to overcome the fears I experience when I pitch. I fear throwing a bad pitch. I fear walking batters (especially walking in a run). I fear injuring myself again. I fear failure on all levels. The best way to overcome this fear is to keep pitching.
- I want to use pitching, both the preparation and the in game action, as a meditative practice to improve my ability to maintain present moment awareness. The highest level of sport performance is played in the flow state and this is a state that one can live their entire life in.
- The three bullets above all tie into an underlying purpose:
I want to inspire people to live the life of their own dreams, to overcome their fears, to realize their potential in an area of their own desire, and live life in the present moment. I want to help people bring peace, love, and joy into the world.
- I want to share my love, knowledge, and passion for baseball with the world. It’s a wonderful game.
- I want to improve my ability as a teacher and coach.
- I want to continue to get in touch with my body, to improve my strength, my agility, and my flexibility. I want to keep living a healthy life. I also believe developing my body will give me better awareness of my inner body: the entity that is one with my being and the entire universe.
- I want to expand my comfort zone, explore a new land, connect with people who are different from me, and continue on my hero’s journey. I see the opportunity to pitch in another country as a rite of passage.
There you have it. These are my main motivations for continuing on as a pitcher; for pursuing an opportunity to play in the southern hemisphere. Maybe I can make it more concise. Maybe I can narrow it down to one statement. But, for now, it’s enough.