Yes, it’s just me, sorry.
Category: Life (page 2 of 2)
I don’t have anything to do so I decided to photo blog about friends. When I’m stressed up, they are the ones who makes me feel better. We shared great experiences with each other and I’d love to have more with them. Life is fun with friends. Indeed.
When I was five, together with my twin brother I learned how to swim.
When I was a first-grader, I was ahead in my class.
When I was a fifth-grader, I won the Haiku writing contest.
When I was a sixth-grader, I knew how to assemble/disassemble computers.
When I was a froshie high, my team won the table tennis championship.
Right now in college,
I am a swimming instructor, the team captain of my school’s table tennis team, a business proprietor and an IT consultant.
Every time, I’m asking myself what each of it meant to me.
Reiteratively, I’m telling myself that those things are recognition not of what I have already achieved, but the recognition of my potential to even become better.
Indeed, my life has been a paradoxical thing about what I really want. Every day I yearn for early success so that I could take it easy and not have to prove myself. But on the other hand, I get up every day excited over the prospect that the best is yet to come.
Which make me think. Early success is great but what would be the excitement if I know that my best days are over?
What is there to look forward to?
I know different people would have different takes, but I clearly would not be happy if I have the understanding that I have already reached my peak â€” that my best days was in college when I was the best sports player, or won a geeky contest. What about the dot com millionaire who made 35 million dollars in the late 90’s, and know he may never do anything near like it ever again?
On second thought, maybe early success is not as fulfilling as I thought. I want to choose to live with the excitement that I still have mountains to conquer, that I can still get a better job that I have right now, that my business still can get better, that my best writings are yet to come, and that there will be more places to visit, more dreams to achieve, and more challenges to overcome.
Maybe the last thing I would want is to be like Alexander who cried that there would be no more lands to conquer.
How about you, what is your outlook in life?
Isn’t it a good choice to live life knowing success will come, and not to reach it in due haste, but enjoy the journey knowing you will arrive in due time, and that the best journey is that which is enjoyed on the way, rather than on the speed in which you arrive?
Is it a good idea to plan so that you can slowly peak, instead of reaching the peak early? And then going downhill from thence on?
“You play a sport in college!? Wow!”
This is a phrase I eventually became accustomed to hearing from family and friends throughout the years I played table tennis in high school and college. And like many of you, this is also a phrase I took for granted.
When you have been an athlete your entire life, from grade school to high school, rotating between multiple sports or focusing much of your time on the one sport you really love, athletics becomes second nature; and by the time you get to realize, this sport is a part of your every day life. You train, run, and practice all in preparation for your games. Because it becomes part of your daily activities, you take for granted the amount of time and effort you actually put into it. For instance, on a Tuesday night, when your friends are cramming for an exam you all have the next morning, you instead suit up, grab a snack, and head towards training. You try to study your notes between potholes or underneath a public transportation’s dim lighting. You train for two plus hours then return to which you should equally do, academics. Other than the limited studying on the way to class, you have just spent almost half-the-day doing something other than academics. Will you continue to study and still pull off a decent score on the test tomorrow? Yes, because you need to keep a minimum units to earn to participate in varsity athletics.
However, this does not phase you. You wake up the next morning, take the exam, go to the gym and come back to your room to study for another test. The athletic/academic cycle is a continuous stream of events that consumes much of your time. Compared to most students who do not participate on an athletic team, you sleep less, you devote many hours to practice and your body aches from continuous training and competition. And here at our school, an NCAA division college which abides by the very correct belief that academics come before athletics, you find yourself at a crossroads. Yes, academics should and do come before athletics, but most athletes will admit that the two combine as one.
And though we do not realize how much of ourselves we give up to play, we play because this is who we are. We play because we love it. Not just because we are here on an athletic scholarship. Not because fans wait outside the Rizal Center for a picture or an autograph. Certainly not because any of us plan to be interviewed by Solar Sports sportswriters. We play because that is what we do. We came to this school to learn, grow, and achieve; our athletic experience along with our academic experience has done just that.
Athletics at our school has taught me three things. First is time management. Always manage your time and more importantly, manage it well. This is why we bring out our notes on the road or anywhere when it calls. Then there is determination. We put our minds and bodies to the test every day as athletes. We train, practice, and compete. Whether it is during that last 100 yard sprint, that final 2 minutes in the second half, or game point, we never give up. And finally, sportsmanship. Winning is obviously fun, but losing gracefully is just as important, not only on the court, but also in life.
What does it take to play sports and be in the running for athletic scholarships?
Grades. Do you have the grades or test scores to maintain your grades
Ability. Do you have the athletic skills that a coach values?
Motivation. How hard are you prepared to work to get a scholarship?
At the end of the day, realize that we can’t win everything, whether it is that perfect score on an exam, that athletic competition against a rival team, or that post-graduate job we desperately wanted; we have already won so much as a student athlete. We are proud and we are a College Student Athlete.
So you play a sport in college!?