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Sydney Romero: Softball

“You have everything to gain and nothing to lose”

This mentality gets me through anything in life. I’ve always been the type of person who tries to make everyone feel so comfortable, and I used to be afraid of disappointing others, or not fulfilling my task at hand.

One day before practice at OU we had a meeting in the classroom with Coach Gasso. A lot of our meetings were life related, because so much of what happens in life, transfers onto the field. It was my freshman year, that year everyone said it was our “rebuilding year” as a team because of the fact OU had lost so many great big name players. But people didn’t know yet that the freshman who came in were good too, really good.

We were told from the outside world we had some big shoes to fill. But really all we needed to do was be us and perform the way we know how to perform. Coach Gasso knew the pressure this could put on players, and she always did her very best to keep us grounded, and to know that we were there for a reason.

In our meeting she said the phrase, “you have everything to gain and nothing to lose.” What are you going to lose if you go all out? Absolutely nothing. You’d be gaining all that you’re working for. From that moment on, I really changed my perspective in softball.

I wasn’t afraid to be the best, because I wanted to be the best. I still want to be the best to this day. Not just in softball, but in anything I do in life. I want to take every bit of information I have learned, whether it is knowledge from others, wise words from friends, or techniques I have learned from different coaches and apply it in my everyday life. I want to be better than I was yesterday. Every failure I have dealt with, I have learned from and it has made me who I am today.

Whether it is softball, or life in general, I never want to leave the field, or end my day wishing there was more I could have done better on. I want to know that I gave it my all each and everyday. Because at the end of the day, softball is what you do, not who you are. So just remember, “you have everything to gain, and nothing to lose.”