Team Sports

2023-01-21 00:00:00 / episode: 4



My dad loved sports.

He did all the team sports.

I'll never forget, I think I was about four years old

and he dressed me up in all the hockey gear

and he got me on a team, on the ice, to play hockey.

I was excited because I knew my dad liked it and I wanted to experience this great thing.

I'll never forget it.

I had tunnel vision but the memory is clear even today.

I was skating down the ice with all the with all this heavey hockey gear on.

I had the puck

I was pushing the puck with my hockey stick

then suddenly out of the blue somebody came and took the puck away.

At that instant everything changed.

I couldn't understand this sport.

I hadn't predicted it and I didn't understand why somebody would take the puck away from me.

It seemed like the rudest thing he could do.

At that point I was completely turned off of that sport in particular and team sports.

Perhaps some part of me deep down realized that I just wasn't connecting with the team.

Team sports takes a team mentality and I'm not sure I have it.

As I grew older, another thing came into focus: pressure.

I really don't want to make a mistake for the team.

The pressure was crushing for me.

So after that realization, I avoided team sports as much as possible but I really

enjoy individual sports, even today.