Every football game is 60 minutes.

Every basketball game is 60 minutes.

They end when the buzzer sounds.

Every volleyball set ends when one team reaches 25 points.

It ends when a team wins three sets.

Nothing lasts forever.

The same goes with different chapters of life.

I think life is like baseball.

Sometimes, there will be a short inning when you’re batting and nothing goes right.

Three outs right away.

Other times, you can rotate through the batting order a couple of times, every player touching home plate, and occasionally, there’s a home run.

Well, my final buzzer here at The Neligh News and Leader is close to sounding.

In my time here, I’ve hit several home runs and batted around the order numerous times for an inning lasting three years.

But nothing last forever.

As much as I have enjoyed my time here, I will be starting a new inning in Grand Island, where I will be the new videographer at the Grand Island Independent.

Why am I moving?

I will be getting married next year, and we will be making our home in the Grand Island area.

The important thing to remember when starting a new inning is to never forget how you got there.

Maybe your pitcher threw nothing but strikes to get you back at the plate.

Maybe your infield was solid and never let a hit get past.

Maybe the coach has trained you for tough batters, long hits and teams that like to steal bases.

Whatever the story is, remember that.

In life, you will get thrown curveballs, you will strike out, maybe several times.

You will hit a line drive out to left field.

You will cross home plate.

No matter what happens in the game, you are prepared because your coaches have taught you well.

If that isn’t the case, you are prepared because your coach taught you wrong and you learned.

My coaches, mentors and co-workers have given me the confidence I need by teaching me the basics and helping me learn from my mistakes.

There are three important lessons I have learned in my time here and can apply to sports, work and life, in general.

First, never be afraid to make a mistake. Fear of  mistakes only leads to more mistakes. Be cautious, but take chances and follow your instinct.

Second, let failure be your guide. 

Strike out? Did you swing too early? Too late? Make the corrections you need, so next time you can knock it out of the park.

Finally, treat every teammate, coach, volunteer, opponent and spectator with compassion and respect.

Following these three lessons will lead to success, whether it’s immediate or takes a little longer.

Oh, and one last thing.

Always pay attention to what is being said in the team huddle.

Those are words that will help you through this game and the next.

Team huddles are when coaches give you the best knowledge they have so you can succeed.

That has been the goal of the Mid-Week Huddle, but every huddle comes to an end.

So, go out, play the game and remember where you learned to play.

Break.

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