I'm one of those people who worry too much. I worry about work, about my finances, the future, etc.
At the beginning of the year, when I got to know that I have to be in-charge of hockey, I worried myself sick.
In my school, the boys who enter hockey are the most
I shouldn't say kids though because the majority of the boys are big and burly (they look more like rugby than hockey players). Any female teacher would be dwarfed in their presence.
Anyway, I was imagining all sorts of horrible situations. The boys would do as they please; skipping classes in order to "train", disregarding my commands, creating a ruckus at the district-level tournament, etc.
I pitied myself and asked why? why me?
To further compound my misery, the district-level tournament (MSSD) was held in the 3rd week of January.
Somehow or other, I had to build a team and get them ready for MSSD in a week's time.
And what a week it was!
Despite being incredibly tired running around attending the training sessions, getting all the darn forms ready, procuring the jerseys, 1st aid kit, drinking water, etc, I was pleasantly surprised by the boys' cooperation.
They were not so hard to manage after all. In fact, I was impressed by their commitment. They came on time for practice, did everything their captain told them to and lo and behold, they actually LISTENED to my instructions!
Admittedly, the notorious boys from last year had left school and I was spared from much grief.
But still, the ones in the team are what you would call "challenging" if they were in your classrooms.
Somehow, they are different on the field. They exhibit traits like dedication, commitment, respect for authority, etc that you didn't know they had it in them.
What I'm getting at is this: We should learn to be more positive and worry less. I bet most of the things we worry about don't even come to pass.
But even if they do, "worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles; it empties today of its strength".