Ever since my injury, that love for team had become a burden as I was overwhelmed with the pressure that I put on myself to not disappoint. I did not want to play on because I was so afraid to let my team, my teammates and coaches down as my injuries gradually keeps coming back.
As years rolled on by, as I - my body - grow older, I began to practice more and spend much more of my time on SINGLE sports - such as golf, triathlon or yoga etc. Is it because I became more selfish and less caring for others as years gone by, you may wondered (and trust me, I do wonder myself, too!) No, it appears not. As I investigate and ponder on the reason why I became more and more fond of single sports, this is what I came down to. I began to realize the real reason behind why I never was able to let go of sports - be it playing, watching, living and breathing, and that is - I'm addicted to self-GROWTH. Take golf for example, I used to think golf is a sport for the elders, but as I began to tackle it again in the recent months, it began to dawn on me that the admirable beauty of this intricate sport is how you're competing constantly, day-in and day-out with yourself, the only person you really ought to want to beat is your yesterday self. That beautiful reason alone makes me fall in love with this game. The fact that all I have to worry about TODAY is to be an inch better than myself yesterday - 'tis the beauty of LIFE itself. And since I LOVE life, I love golf (and same love goes to triathlon and yoga).
I USED TO be a team player. Now, I love competing with myself and myself only. All the sports that I am hanging on tight now and walking down the path of life with are those that allow me to worry only about becoming a better person each and every day. Through these single sports, I realize the real meaning of life, I am realizing and am learning that life is a marathon, not a sprint. Each and every one of us should really give our 100% and strive to become a better self every single day. How else would you want to live your life?
Sorry for not having made any posts recently, it feels good to be back! Hope you find a tiny bit of inspiration within this blog, made for the Dreamers who have yet to be empowered in life through sports!
I leave you with two of my favorite quotes from one of the greatest Coaches (and one of my very fave!) ever lived, the legendary Coach John Wooden.
“When I was teaching basketball, I urged my players to try their hardest to improve on that every day, to make that practice a masterpiece. Too often we get distracted by what is outside our control. You can’t do anything about yesterday. The door to the past has been shut and the key thrown away. You can do nothing about tomorrow. It is yet to come. However, tomorrow is in large part determined by what you do today. So make today a masterpiece… This rule is even more important in life than in basketball. You have to apply yourself each day to become a little better. By applying yourself to the task of becoming a little better each and every day over a period of time, you will become a lot better. Only then will you be able to approach being the best you can be.”
“Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”