"All little kids play baseball or softball, whatever. You play on the sandlot, and you play in Little League....what's more fun? Little League...or the sandlot?"
This question was posed by one of my professors last night in my English Language Learners night class. For two and a half hours we discussed many topics, but all I could think of was this weird WWE match going on in my head between The Sandlot and Little League. Our professor, an eccentric man known to make outlandish statements, stated that, "We [adults] feel the need to ruin everything. We can't just let kids play a pick-up game in the sandlot... it's gotta be organized! We need rules! Uniforms! We need Little League." For the entire class I was weighing the pros and cons in my mind. Sure, I love rules, and Lord knows I love a good uniform- matching is my favorite. But are these really my thoughts? Or have I been trained by society- creativity beat out of me? Waiting outside of my Young Adult Literature class earlier in the day, I heard students discussing how they were encountering problems reading young adult novels. They felt they over-analyze, over-think, and nit-pick every detail of every assigned piece of work. They were the Little League team, forced to play in The Sandlot. Confused by the freedom, not used to using creativity, having forgotten that it comes naturally, these twenty year old adults stood outside of class uneasily, young adult novels in hand. I found the scene interesting at the time, but after my night class when my mental WWE match began, I reflected back to this scene. Maybe society does beat The Sandlot out of us as we age. Maybe Little League has to happen at some point. But is it necessary? I think classrooms, college, and the world overall would be a much more interesting and enjoyable place if we all just "stopped thinking" every once in awhile. Sure, you need to think to learn, but you also need to relax, have fun, and trust yourself. After all,
"If you weren't thinking so much, you would've caught the ball in the first place."