You may have all heard about the quote: “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% of what you do about it.”
Every single time I hear that quote it makes me re- evaluate everything about my day and how I was reacting to the things that I happened. How many times did I complain about the weather? How many times did I roll my eyes because someone cut me off on the freeway or whine about how I really wanted that brownie?
Life is a series of moments that end up being just that, moments. Moments in time that we either live to the fullest, take for granted, or completely ruin.
Tennis, or sports in general, give us the opportunity to live those moments to the fullest. You can’t help but focus on the ball flying at your face, or the perfect motion of your arm to hit that winner into the back corner of the tennis court. After playing for so many years, it amazes me at how easy it is to live in the moment while playing. It’s seemingly effortless.
Unfortunately, with the progression of technology there has become a severe decrease in kids actually getting outside and playing. It is so much easier to sit inside all day and stare at an illuminated screen than it is to get outside and play. Looking out towards the future is scary. Can our unsocialized society really get worse?
I think it’s time that we start taking back or lives, and our kids lives, and bring them back to the moments that they will remember for the rest of their lives. Yes, they might get hurt, they might lose, they might scream and yell, and never want to play again. But at least something will be happening to them and they can spend the other 90% of the time figuring out what they want to do about it.
Life is a series of moments. Moments that we can let happen to us, or moments that we can make happen. You decide which way you want to live.
Let’s begin to play again.