It's just over 24 hours since we did everything except win the Cricket World Cup.
I needed that time to process....plus catch-up on sleep!
Now we're living through the aftermath.
The in-depth breakdown of the what-if's.
The unfairness of some rules and processes.
Questions, questions, questions!
It will take a little time to calm itself.
But even in this raw state, what are a couple of learning's to takeaway, especially for our youth who may be seeing and hearing some negative adult commentary, dare I even say, tantrum type behaviour?
Here's a couple of points to remember. Share them with the children or sulking adults in your life.
Your best doesn't guarantee victory.
Unless you have the lifetime Midas-Touch, get comfortable and accepting of loss. Even when you've trained hard, practiced diligently and have nothing else left to give, yeah you'll still lose! It happens regularly across everything in life. But good news! You will experience some pretty sweet wins as well. That's what you sign-up for when you get involved in competition.
Moaning on social media isn't going to change the result.
Yes, these are the times of reliving, rehashing and complaining to anyone who'll listen online, but it's done. Continually posting about the unfairness etc. etc. just starts looking oddly bitter and a little sad.
How lucky were we to experience that moment.
Yes losing sucks, but seriously how lucky were we to witness that game full-stop?
T E A M
As individuals, many of the Black Cap players may not be considered the "best" in the world in their positions, but this team have continually provided us all a proper demonstration of being gritty, mentally stubborn and relentless in their approach, especially under pressure. Many of us want individual glory, yet a team sport is about the collective. Kane and the boys have shown this better than any team I've seen in sometime. This lesson needs to be given to every youngster (and many adults!).
Maintain the support. Be at the next match.
No matter if it's the Black Caps or the local sport team, eat the loss and be at the next game, supporting harder than ever. You can bet I'll be at the next match when the English team tour here in November.
Everything should be put into perspective.
If nothing else, get perspective. Yes it would have been great to win our first World Cup. Yes the way we lost was questionable. But put this game of cricket into wider perspective. There are far more important and truly "heart-breaking" things taking place in the world, that puts this one moment into it's true place.
Bloody well done to our BlackCaps. What a TEAM they are.
Congratulations (big gulp and teeth-grit) to the English.
So, who's up for some Netball World Cup moments?