By S. Lawrence Bueno
SPORT FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE END – IT IS ALWAYS WITH US. LET’S SEEK A DEEPER MEANING INTO SPORTS.
Sport doesn’t define you, but it helps develop the person you are destined to become. It’s not all about getting into shape or being physically fit, but about the people you grow up alongside with. It’s about the people who are your home; the people who make you feel as if you are home. Your team. Many people spend their entire lives searching for a place of accommodation, but most of the time what they don’t know is that home is in the heart – both in yours and in the people you love. Home is with the people you belong with.
Since the beginning of it all, we’ve been unconsciously taught to run away from everything.
Hear me out:
Physically speaking, our first steps eventually progress into a stable walk, then a run. Then, we grow up and have considerably enough freedom and perception to go wherever we would like, whether in our heads or quite literally. When our parents’ reprimand or criticize us, we routinely run to our rooms and slam the door. We don’t face issues.
Spiritually speaking, man likes to run from God. Even though He is a supreme being, if you take a deeper look into religious history, you may notice that many patriarchal figures ran away from their issues too.
In the Garden of Eden, Adam took shelter. Also, a whale swallowed Jonah after he jumped from a boat. Both are examples of attempted escape. Man loves to run from God. It seems like a long-standing tradition. So maybe we run away from our issues because it appears to be reasonably fine to do so since important figures from our past did it too. But it’s not.
Sports wise, the answer is simple yet not obvious. We learn to count on others to help us out with difficulties. We run alongside our teammates. Your teammates are your family. Sports helps us stimulate better habits. While playing sports, we learn to take a path of unity.
You don’t live your life thinking of who will write you eulogy, but by appreciating the encounters you face and learning from every experience they bring you. So, if you may, reflect on how many benefits sport has brought you and cherish the fact that it is something so universal and that goes way beyond physical activity. Sport is something more to human morality than sensory experience; It’s what brings us together.
If your sport is a team-based sport, learning to work together to reach a common goal is essential. Whether it is playing in a basketball team, a football team, a rugby team or even a rowing team, sport allows each individual to come together as one. Just imagine a rowing boat. What would happen if each member of the team rowed according to their own rhythm? The boat would not go anywhere. Every member of the team needs to row together at the same time and in the same direction for the boat to advance and it is all about the power of the team versus the opponent.
This same ideology applies to other sports; one cannot carry a whole group – it must be a team effort.
To conclude, sports can be described as a safe haven. It’s with us during the finest moments of our lives, victory, but during the worst ones too, defeat. Our teammates provide us with a sense of companionship. And most importantly, we learn from each other.