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The Making of a Winner | by Ian Sane
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The Making of a Winner

Experience! Whether good, or bad, it takes the experience life throws at us to mold and form the character of an individual. These are the feet of my 16 year old daughter, Gabby (Gabrielle). She is a junior and has been the starting pitcher for her high school varsity softball team since she was a freshman. Over the years Gabby has played every single position the game of softball has to offer. She’s had three different pitching coaches, countless team coaches, several knee injuries, numerous raspberries from sliding, and a trip to the emergency room at the local hospital (and a partridge in a pear tree). I wish I had a nickel for every time she’s been hit by a pitch and she’ll proudly show you those bruises if you were to ask.


With Gabby, there have been wins and there have been losses, sometimes horrible losses. But there have been amazing victories, too. I’ve seen the days where Gabby was praised by coaches, parents, umpires, newspapers, and players alike. But I’ve also seen her thrown out of games by frustrated coaches who thought she was absolutely worthless. There have been close wins we celebrated with hugs out in the middle of the field, but there were the losses her and I argued about during the drive home. We take the bad times so we can fully appreciate the good and learn while moving ahead.


No one is victorious forever, but losing is never permanent, either. If you can survive experience, you are a winner.


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Taken on April 16, 2010