Strike! Bowling + Life Parallels
When Mary Ann first embarked on the path to becoming a “respectable” bowler, she dove in with enthusiasm and fortitude. Nothing, and no one would stand in her way. What she did not expect was the complexity of planning, thought and strategy that were part of this sport she previously gave little or no thought to, and if she had, surely would have viewed it as mindless but fun. Also, taking her by surprise were the generosity of the people she met, and the life lessons she learned along the way. Join Mary Ann on her meaningful, and at times extremely funny journey.
What I Learned While Learning to Bowl
It began on a Wednesday night in February. They were getting together departmental teams at work to compete at the local bowling alley for bragging rights and trophies. Our department didn’t have enough people and I was pressed into service. I had bowled once in my life and had gotten a 47 (that’s really bad in case you didn’t know), but I agreed to try my hand at it that night.
Our team had a good time, but bowling-wise I was flat out awful. My teammates were trying to give me some pointers, but that was a complete waste of time. Looking back at it now, I could cringe. I was throwing, yes throwing, and not rolling the ball, underhanded like a softball pitcher but palm down if you can imagine it. I knew nothing, was completely raw and had more gutter balls than I care to mention. But I was having so much fun!
When the dust settled and scores were tallied, we as a team didn’t win anything, but I did. I won the “most honest bowler.” Think of honest as being truthful about one’s score, and the one deserving the highest honor in that regard would be the one with the lowest score of all. Yup, that was me. But, while I happily took home my trophy --a beat up old regulation size bowling pin, from that moment on, I was determined to never do that poorly again. Yes, from that very second, my plan to become a respectable bowler was formulating, and I was committed, even unwavering in my resolve to reach this goal. Stay tuned.