By Karli Olsen — Spirit Lake High School
I woke up on Tuesday and glanced at my planner where I saw “Tennis vs. Sioux City North @ Home” written. I couldn’t help but stop and think of how nice it would have been to be playing tennis — minus the wind. Instead, I am here full of hope for a summer softball season and trusting in the Lord’s plan.
With lots of free time during this quarantine, I have tried to stay as active as possible.
With the past couple of days bringing some nice weather, I have been able to pick up a new hobby of golfing. I have never been much of a golfer, playing once or twice a year at a family reunion or with my older brother. Quite honestly, I think I enjoyed driving the cart more than actually golfing!
This year, with everything going on, I decided I would test my ability at the sport. Little did I know the frustration it would bring. After my first outing, it was quite obvious that I was more of a softball player than a golfer. Even though I swing the bat left-handed and the golf club right-handed, I couldn’t adjust. There were many times I wanted to pick up the ball and throw it because I’m fairly confident it would have gone farther and been more accurate than a majority of my shots. It didn’t take long for my mom, a tri-sport college athlete, to interject her golf knowledge and critique my swing.
Who knew my mom could be right about so many things?
Outside of getting my steps in while chasing my ball across the golf course, I have spent a few hours on the lake kayaking. The other night, I was out on West Lake around sunset in a kayak. It had been a day where I spent a lot of time thinking about how this was not at all what I planned or expected my senior year to bring. I was looking around at the calm lake and the beautiful colors of the sky, when I was overcome with a sense of peace. It was a great reminder for me to trust in the Lord and His plan, instead of my own, and it also served as a reminder of His beautiful creations.
I think it's so important during these times to not let our mental health be pushed aside as the focus seems to always be on our physical health. I encourage everyone who reads this to take time, by yourself or with your family, to simply disconnect from the news and social media and enjoy something — whether it be reading a book, going for a walk, journaling, or baking.
As of April 20, I have started a new quest of attempting to run 100 miles in a month. I, for some reason, let one of my friends convince me that it wouldn’t be that bad! It ONLY averages out to 3.5 miles a day. I guess when she told me that the two other people she asked before me said no, I should have realized why. But here I am, sitting at 34 miles ... so stay tuned to see if I am able to complete it by May 20.
I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy! I encourage you all to make the most of what we are experiencing. To my fellow seniors, hang in there, we will get through this together.