I’m not a very sporty person. In fact, I hate running. I can run fast in a determined situation, but I can’t run for a long period. For instance, I can sprint to the bus stop if the bus is about to go and I’m far away. Conversely, I can’t run without stopping for 15 minutes around a sports hall.
However, there is a sport which, even if it requires a quite high amount of running, I can’t live without: basketball. It is my favourite sport, the only one I like to watch and practice. I don’t want to be a professional player, but I enjoy it a lot as a hobby.
I found this quote by Michael Jordan, one of the best basketball players of all the times, and I can say I feel exactly the same as he says:
“The game of basketball has been everything to me. My place of refuge, place I have always gone where I needed comfort and peace. It has been the site of intense pain and the most intense feelings of joy and satisfaction. It’s a relationship that has evolved over time, given me the greatest respect and love for the game.”
I have played basketball since I was eight years, because I was required to do a sport by my carers, and my friend recommended me to choose it. Since then, it is my passion. I didn’t stop training and playing basketball games till I was 13. I didn’t want to stop, but due to medical reasons (I had surgery in my hips) I couldn’t. However, during my last course in secondary school ( I was 15-16 years old) I went back to the sport. Then I came to England, and I couldn’t find a team so I tried netball. I found netball interesting but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I enjoyed basketball.
This year, my college has a female basketball team, so I decided to enrol. My first training felt SO GOOD! I can’t believe last year I said I was leaving this sport forever. Lies, lies, lies. Can’t live without it! The training sessions are not very hard. Most of the things we are taught, I already know them. But a lot of people who train with me are newcomers to the sport, and they need to learn them. I have a high knowledge of technique and methods for basketball, but I’m not good practising due to my low physical abilities.
I highly recommend you all to practise a sport. Not only for the obvious reason of being fit and healthy. It is more than that. After doing exercise I feel happier and motivated. Always. My mood improves. This happens to a lot of people, and it has a scientific explanation related to chemicals and hormones in the body.
You can try different sports till you find one you like. There is a wide variety: football, rugby, basketball, tennis, netball, karate, athletics, rhythm gymnastics, climbing… Depending on your personality, interests, abilities and likes, there is always a sport which will fit you. Going to the gym is fine, but it is obviously not the same as doing a sport. The commitment to a sport is higher, trust me.
In addition, playing a sport is useful to fill your time. As a teen, you are never too busy. It is just around 3-6 hours a week (sometimes more), depending on the sport. Go for it! And don’t feel ashamed to try a new sport. Even if you are 16, clubs will welcome you and will teach you.
On conclusion, basketball is life to me. I hate running, but if it is basketball, I don’t care. Practising this sport makes me feel great, improves my mood and even boosts my confidence. I feel useful and it is a way of challenging myself. Therefore, you should all practise a sport, so you can feel as superbly as I described. It is not only about physical health (being healthy): it is also about intellectual development (improving concentration, memorising and planning skills), emotional wellbeing (disconnecting from problems, better self-confidence), and social life (meeting new people).
Sharing my passions and giving some recommendations,
Emilie H. Featherington 🙂