As I walk by the tennis court I realise how much I miss playing. As I sit by the pool and watch my sis swim I realise how fond of sports I am. It’s not just a game. Well not to me.
From when I was little I have always been exposed to playing. Guess it runs in my blood, thanks to daddy dearest. It refreshes and relieves you at the same time. It’s actually addictive. It wasn’t ever just a sport for me. It went on to shape and define me. I really do feel strongly about this. But I guess I'm just talking about sports fans(all kinds of them.. the ones that play, the ones that HAVE to watch and the ones that love watching).
Now if you take cricket for instance (it comes first to my mind thanks to the nearing IPL). I for one enjoy ODIs and Tests better. Weird but true. I just feel it shows the charm of the sportsman’s game. You know like his ability to bring stability to the team, his quality batting to gather runs and his style on the field. Where as T20 is a more commercial form of cricket. It has its own charm. Just not the one I like or am looking for in a game.
I have played quite a few sports at some time or the other in my life. Somehow they all give me very different feelings. On the volleyball court I feel a sense of belonging. On the baseball field I have a strong rush to perform. Where as on the basketball court I just feel out of place and lost.
I think the game you choose to play, follow or watch occasionally has something to do with your personality. The two major games in my life (volleyball and baseball) have played some roles in shaping me. I know not everyone reading this will agree with me. But trust me, the ones who fall under the category of sports lovers will totally agree.
I miss playing because it wasn’t ever just about the game. It is a very special bond. It gives me the urge to perform, it pushes me to bring out the best, it gives me company, it picks me up when I’m down and most importantly it brings me joy. Call me crazy but it has become a vital part of my sanity. I can give it up from time to time but I always find a way to get back to it. Guess its something I can't live without.