It seemed like a good idea when he’d first gotten off the lift. “Sure, let’s do that double black,” he said. “I think I’m ready.”

As they approached the edge of the first pitch he felt his self-confidence #plummeting. “Uh. I’m not sure this is such a good idea,” he said.

“It’ll be fine!” his girlfriend replied, flashing a huge grin. “You got this!”

He took a deep breath, feeling her infectious enthusiasm. “Alright. Screw it. Let’s go!”