My dad once told me, in regards to playing baseball, "Do it with reckless abandon." The point being, if you're going to play, for chrissake PLAY! Don't worry about the score, even if you're behind by 15 runs in the 3rd inning. Don't worry if the ump has been squeezing you all game. Give it your all and try your damnedest. Don't worry about making a fool of yourself or getting hurt. Well, He probably didn't mean the part about getting hurt, but it sounds good. Moonlight Graham in Field of Dreams said it pretty well, I think, talking about sliding into third.
I think love (and to a lesser extent, cooking) should also be approached in this manner. When I fall, I fall hard. I've been hurt a few times, but in retrospect, it's been worth it. I guess I'm still deciding whether or not the 15 day DL is long enough to recover. I'm wondering if the 60 day DL might be better for me. I mean, I'm looking forward to getting back out there, but somehow I don't think my heart will be in it for a while yet.
Kudos if you can catch all the allusions.