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How Joining a Bowling Team Opened New Lanes to Self-Improvement

Finding my allies in the alleys

When I was in high school, I got bored of just coming home right after school every day and I needed a change. My week was becoming nothing but wake up, go to school, come home, do work, sleep, repeat. I began to wonder what after school programs or extracurricular activities I could get involved in to break this trend of boredom. During my senior year, I finally decided to do something about it. A few of my friends and I decided to take on an after-school sport none of us had previously considered joining – bowling.

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As it turns out, it was a ton of fun and became my favorite extracurricular activity. From the walk to the bowling alley and joking with friends, to the actual competitions themselves. I felt that bowling really helped me grow as a person. It also helped to break out of the repetitive nature of high school life. Not only did it give me something to do after school, it helped to expand my friendship with my existing friends and forge new friendships with other people I did not know as well.

This experience opened more doors than I imagined.

The power of trying new things

Beyond building these friendships, it truly helped me improve as an overall person. In fact, I learned much more about myself than I did about bowling. Don’t get me wrong, I did learn a lot about bowling, from my coaches to any online tips and instruction I found by myself. But obviously, learning how to better roll a heavy ball into a bundle of pins doesn’t offer many transferable skills into my everyday life. Joining the bowling team taught me much about myself, from how I can best manage time to how to make myself a more well-rounded person. Since then, I have joined many other after school clubs and have enjoyed my time in all of them. This experience truly opened more doors than I would have ever imagined.

Bowling is also a very approachable sport. You can pretty much make of it what you want, which is why it became very enjoyable to me. You can take it as seriously or casually as you want. There are people who join bowling leagues and pay hundreds of dollars for gear on online stores, and there are people like me who just enjoy their time goofing off and having fun. No matter how you want to play the game, just grab some of your friends and have some fun!

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Be open to new pathways for self-improvement

Joining the bowling team helped me to see that getting involved in a recreational activity, even in something you don’t truly have a passion for (although of course being passionate is ideal), can go a long way and prove to be a ton of fun and very beneficial. This goes to show that there are programs out there for everyone, you just need to find the right one. Expanding your range of activities can open up many pathways for you, both personally and recreationally.

Nathan Dziekan is a member of the Spotivity Marketing Team

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