Skill and Aggressiveness

Skill and Aggressiveness

When D and I were in Argentina (lo these many years ago), we spent some afternoons volunteering at a drug rehab center. Really we were just hanging out, spending time with the guys there (it was an all-male program). And we were fortunate enough to get invited to play in the center’s weekly futbol game. I was not in shape, and my soccer skills would possibly be respected on the junior high intramural level anyway. But I realized that if I was aggressive--if I went after the ball and ran to the spots where I’d be likely to score, assist, or defend--I could probably make up for much of my lacking skill. This turned out to be a pretty good assessment; I managed a nice assist to a guy who netted a beautiful header. Right after he put it in, he turned to me, obviously a little surprised (he must’ve noticed my less than stellar footwork) and said, “¡Buenissimo!”. I was...
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