It is a great thing to feel alive. A person can feel alive when they are moving and breathing and really feeling it. And a person feels alive when they are “in” something when they can be in the FLOW of something real. And a person can feel fulfillment when they are achieving or when they are doing something at the highest level.
I have felt my highest levels of success and greatness on a tennis court. Even though I am not a great player I have had moments of success and moments of purity. I have had moments when the pressure is on to perform and I did it. I have had moments when I was on the brink of defeat, but I was able to fight back and overcome. Or I have had moments when people did not expect me to win and I could do it.
People can feel fulfilled when they are making progress and achieving. Tennis is a great vehicle for that kind of thing. It is an individual game where one person has to go up against another one person. And the game has different ways of tracking a person’s skill. It can be the “ranking” or it can be the “rating” but you often can figure out where you stand in the game.
There is also a certain magic to the game in that you have the ability to truly “defeat” your opponent or defeat another person. It is just one-on-one and it is a battle of skill. Your skills against theirs. And I think it is a lovely thing because you don’t get to fight it out like that in the real world. But on a tennis court you can be a gladiator and battle tooth and nail to defeat your opponent. The game has ego too, a person can be a big talker and think they are “hot stuff” but the best thing is you can challenge that person and play them one-on-one. If you beat them, what can they say? They can make excuses, but you can play them again. If you play a person and you beat them 3 or 4 times in a row, how many excuses can they make? And other people can witness it too because usually tennis matches are played in public.
And the game is so mental. There is so much mental fortitude needed to win tennis matches, especially against other good players.
I could go on forever. But a person needs motivation and sometimes tennis can serve as the vehicle through which to motivate and inspire.
-DJ ROBO BISCUIT