Cross Country Soccer

I heard a great story recently that acts as a metaphor for life: Playing soccer while cross country skiing.

A young lady I spoke with recently was reminiscing about her experience in college on a cross country skiing team.

She had been cross country skiing for most of her life, so joining the team when she got to college seemed like a relative no brainer.

There were people of every skill level on the team ranging from complete n00bs to competitive skiers. They had drive, team spirit, and a real desire to get out and ski, but the one thing they lacked was… Snow. In Michigan. Clearly this was a tad unexpected.

So to while away their time the team decided to play soccer in the muddy, slushy fields. They played for several weeks before they got any snow and even then it was just enough to make the games more interesting but not enough to ski on.

When they finally got enough snow to ski on they’d gotten quite accustomed to playing soccer and didn’t want to give it up. Of course this was a cross country skiing team, not a soccer team, so they couldn’t keep playing soccer instead of skiing.

… But they COULD keep playing soccer WHILE cross country skiing! continue reading…