2009 was the year I rediscovered tennis. Ironically, I figured I’d better utilize the club as much as possible because I couldn’t afford any other luxuries after the markets imploded! Just last year, I failed miserably at breaking a 10 handicap (got to 10.2 and ricocheted) in golf and decided to quit before I threw my bag into the lake.
For the past 15 years, I forsook the game I played so diligently as a youngster. It was boring running around, hitting a ball back and forth. Now, I’m hooked again because of the camaraderie of the game. Although tennis is an individual sport, there’s a team aspect to it if you join a league. Meanwhile, my evil plan is to get my wife to get good enough so we can play some competitive mixed doubles my next summer!
PHYSICAL PROBLEMS MATERIALIZE
Despite all the passion, I have a couple swollen knees that makes sitting cross-legged difficult. If I try and extend my legs after sitting in cobbler’s pose, there’s so much pain, it’s hard to walk for the first several minutes. Meanwhile, my feet often blister due to the constant friction caused by unnatural side-to-side movements. The doctor says all I have to do is rest, but I can’t.
How can I rest when I get a daily e-mail from my buddies wanting a rematch after last night’s beat down? How can I rest when it’s just so fun to needle my opponents with smack talk for a couple hours at a time? I’m a tennis junkie. The competition is exhilarating to the point where you often feel like you’re observing yourself play, an out of body experience if you will.
When I’m on the court, all the pain miraculously goes away. It’s the next day when the aches reappear, yet I long to play again. I realize that if I don’t take care of my body and allow it to heal I risk my long term health. But, then I rationalize and say it’s about having fun now, no matter what the cost.
Like a consumer addicted to credit, I’m an old fart addicted to tennis. The costs aren’t just physical but also monetary as well. I’ve upped my insurance coverage for 2010, setting me back $600 in premiums because I’m going to check out both knees, wrists, shoulders, and head! The head examination was due to an outrageous fight on the basketball courts last winter. Don’t get me started. My day of reckoning will come, but I don’t seem to care until it does. Help!
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