For quite some time, I have neglected my blog. A series of upheavals in my personal life and social life led to a writer’s block and the lack of motivation to write anymore. But now I feel I am back to life! A few days ago I started talking to a friend who recently experienced a break up with his long time girlfriend. Obviously, he had been left pretty heart broken and dejected. In an effort to make him feel better, we started talking about books, movies, and any and every other thing in life.
When you hang out or talk to a guy, sports talk is bound to come up. With the Cricket World Cup, it is likely to come up every now and then. But the friend realized the probability of me getting bored with The Talk and decided to apologize and talk about something else. I decided to go with it anyway if that made him feel better. It could also probably give him a morale boost considering how he could explain a nutter like me, the moves and tactics of his favourite cricketer.
But in course of time, as I listened to him talk passionately about the progress of an ideal cricketer and a perfect cricket match, I realized that sport definitely had much more to do with people than just the joy of playing.
As the friend told me about his daily ritual of running for 8 Kms, I thought about how much even a short round can do. Running not only helps burn calories but also helps burn negative energy. As all the frustration is shed in the energy used in running, one’s mind gets clearer and the decision making process becomes a little less stressful. Moreover, the exposure to fresh air just lightens one’s mood and brings a new zeal to deal with life.
Not only running, every sport does this job of helping get rid of the excess energy which may not be necessarily needed.
Sports which require teams teach us more than coordination and teamwork. Football and Cricket, and any other big games that require two or more people, teach us to listen to the other person. They teach us to respect them. They teach us to cooperate and think out a suitable strategy as fast as you can, collectively as well as individually. They teach us to make quick decisions and judge people for different purposes. The best part is, they also teach you to make different judgements in different situations. What happens on the field remains on the field. A poor goalie might not be a slow person otherwise. One character does not define a person, is something sports can show you with practical examples.
But one does not need to involve in high energy sports to relish the wonderful after effects of having played a wonderful game. A simple game of carom or skipping the rope, or scrabble or Business can do wonders for one’s self esteem and spirits. The feeling of accomplishment after having captured the queen or having completed a 100 skips successfully or having earned the most money is unbeatable. Moreover, board games not only teach you to play in and against a team with just your brain and no arms and legs, they usually have more special purposes.
Carom enhances dexterity, Scrabble enhances word power. A good game for maths is Business and there are several more games which strengthen one’s geography, or general knowledge or oratory too! What’s more? They allow one to get some close knit family time or even a friends’ union when time becomes a rare luxury.
And then of course, are the qualities which everyone knows about. It makes you strong enough to face defeat. It makes you agile, healthy and happy!
Clearly, sports has much more to it than leisure.. It has much more value for life and for us as social beings even when its benefits aren’t so easily visible. A simple act of viewing an interesting match can be pretty elating, I found out a couple days back when this friend urged me to watch a game. The surge of national pride, the sense of nervousness and the feeling of despair at someone else’s loss and the feeling of pride at some else’s victory is a very different experience. When the team you support wins, the celebration is greater than any other! And when that team loses, no loss seems bigger at that point of time.
Sports just reminds us that we are humans who feel after all. We possess emotions not only for ourselves, but others too, whether known or unknown. Even if we dont realize it otherwise in life.
Being sporty is to be human, I would say. So are you sporty enough?