Sometimes you win. You are the champion. It is fun/historic/momentous when you win. The other teams don’t happen to matter as much because… well, you are the champion.

Other times you lose. You are not the winner. You may experience upset, pride, frustration, understanding or a mix of all these seemingly disparate feelings. And there is often a distinct opportunity presented in these moments to continue to improve.

We did not win the 2013-14 USSSA National Cup. It will be another team (Colorado Rovers) playing in the 2014 US Open Cup this year as the USSSA representative. That said, there is a belief which I subscribe to which states that things don’t tend to happen by accident. It’s not that everything is pre-ordained necessarily, but that there is a reason that life is plays out how it does. In this case, there is a reason, however subtle, for us not winning the championship. Maybe it just wasn’t our time. Maybe it is a time for introspection. Maybe we weren’t as deserving. Or maybe none of those; one can’t be certain.

No matter the reason, you/I/we are only ever defined by what we do next and over a lifetime, that creates a legacy. We all strive to be the champion, but in a competitive sense, we can’t always be. What are you going to do when it isn’t your time? That’s what helps define what comes next.

Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.