There’s no “I” in team!

In a previous post, I wrote about the problem I have with certain choices, namely, ones that pose a question about my desire. I find it difficult to make a choice when someone asks me what I want, so I often let someone else choose. Maybe it’s an issue of confidence, or responsibility — I don’t know yet.

But, today, I made a connection between this fact with another fact about myself — that I’m bad at team sports. I’m not athletic at all, but I like some sports, such as hiking, shooting, badminton — but I hate, and am terrible at, sports like rugby and football. I never asked myself why this is the case, but now that I know how I respond to choices, I think I’ve found an explanation.

In football, whenever I was in possession of the ball, I became overwhelmed with confusion, because I didn’t know what I should do, and with fear, because all I could think of was the disappointed looks I would see in the other team members if (or when) I screw up. In a sports like football, there’s no time to think, or wait for someone else to tell you what to do, when the ball is in your possession — because two seconds later, the ball is taken away from you and the opportunity is lost. This means that you have to make quick decisions, but this is exactly what I’m bad at!

So, say I have the ball. I’m confronted with a decision — should I pass, kick, or dribble? This creates a lot of anxiety within me, so I become hesitant. In this moment of hesitation, the ball might be taken away, in which case I feel even more anxiety, in fear of the other’s disappointment; or I might make a decision, but due to my confusion, I might botch the pass, the kick, or the dribble, in which case I still end up with more anxiety, in fear of the other’s disappointment. The hesitation I experience when confronted with a choice makes me a bad player, while the fear and anxiety make me feel horrible. So I hate football. It’s a vicious cycle…

I don’t want to be the one whose decision and desire is what others depend on. I want my desire to disappear, to be hidden under the desire of others. But on the field, the spotlight is on you!

I find it difficult to assume the “I” and make decisions on my own, decisions grounded in my desire.

There is no “I” in team — true, but that’s precisely the problem!


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