I found myself sitting on my Bayside deck the other morning, with a cup of Bengal Spice tea taking stock of my life. I love my life, absolutely love it. I live where I want to live and do what I want to do. I smile easily because I have a sense that I deserve to be where I am. I worked hard for many years and endured many challenges. I continue to work hard to do the right things and focus on positively impacting others. And to top it all off, I have met someone who truly takes my breath away every time I see him. Let me reiterate that, every time I see him! Yes, I love my life.
With all of the above being said, for whatever reason, while sitting on my deck, I began thinking I was ready for a new challenge. Was it taking on another responsibility at the University? A new writing challenge?? What was it? A few hours later my friend, Leah called and invited me to play pickle ball. “Pickleball”, Leah offered, “Is the fastest growing sport in America.”–and that is all she had to say. I did not know anything about the game with the silly name, I did not know what equipment I needed to play, and I didn’t even know if pickle was spelled with an “le” an “el”. “Fastest growing sport in America?”–I was in. Off we went to the YMCA to take on something new, something different, just for fun.
Oh my goodness, I was in my glory. Pickleball is a bit like tennis, a bit like ping pong and also like Badmitten, and somehow it captured the best parts of all three, making the game fast, fun, and a huge challenge for me. It took me several “whiffs” before I realized that I no longer had a long tennis racket in my hand. The paddle, a bit larger than a ping pong paddle, had a very short handle and I had to accommodate the change and keep my eye on the ball if I wished to ever make contact with the ball. It was a great three hour workout with lots of laughs and I sweated from head to toe. It will not surprise you that I immediately went out and bought myself a paddle and balls, and am ready to return to the court next week.
My intent here is not to convince you to go and try Pickleball, although I think you may wish to give it a shot!!! My intent is to focus on the huge burst of joy that trying something new affords. Call it a new challenge, a distraction, or whatever you like. Know that taking on something totally new is exhilerating and that is a great feeling. So go and try something new, just for the fun of it. Go with a friend so you can laugh at yourselves and learn at the same time. Push yourself beyond your usual routine of doing things that are comfortable. Push the boundaries–and enjoy the excitement!