Author: Adisha
•Tuesday, July 07, 2009
OK ! I've never claimed to be athletic. Far from it. The only times I've come close to sports is PT in school, some light throw ball, and badminton, but that was all back when I used to believe throwing around a shuttlecock was fun .

Now don't go imagining one of those girly girls who is never willing to get down and dirty. I am always game to try something new, be it football, basket ball, cricket, volleyball, rowing a boat, canoe, or just a silly game that involves running around. The mistake would be to expect me to have any kind of hand eye co ordination. I never win but I play to the best of my clumsy abilities using brain instead of brawn, always keeping in mind the tips that the people around me dish out as we play.

Why do I bother, one might ask ? For me, it's not about winning, but playing the game. I have horrible luck and never win, even board games. It's more about having fun, getting some exercise, and having some laughs, more at my expense than anyone else, along the way. Yet, I pride myself for giving most things a shot at least once, whenever I can drum up the enthusiasm and courage. Those moments become wondrous experiences, like when a friend of mine tried teaching me how to properly kick a football. The first proper kick and block I did, are still clear in my head as if they happened yesterday.

Past few weekends we've been going boating and it's been a wonderful experience, barring my hubby's frustration at getting me to go in any particular direction ( ref : rowing ) . I'm a water baby. Anything to do with water, and I'm game, without much persuasion. Be it swimming, boating , water skis or in the water park. Even in amusement parks , I just Love the rides that splash you, drenching you in water. As I've said before it's all probably due to the fact that I can swim. Now that again is another story. Since I learnt swimming at the age of 5 or 6 when my dad used to take me into the sea and throw me into the water. I used to flap my hands shrieking, yelling at him for wanting me to die.
Yup !! I was a melodramatic kid I guess. Same reaction applied for my mom when she tried to teach me to skate. But they make for wonderful memories !!!

Yet I wonder if I'd have been even more adventerous had I been allowed to climb sofas or break a few things when I was younger. When I was tiny, I never even climbed the jungle gym and then when my bro grew up and my mom tried to get me to climb on top, I wouldn't go beyond the bottom two steps for fear of falling.

What I don't understand is, people who are never willing to put their foot into Any experience for the fear of doing badly or looking silly ? I can understand fear of heights etc, but at least give something a shot Once ?? I have the satisfaction of having the desire to try most of what the world has to offer at least once. I mean, we have but one life and sitting at the sidelines and watching others do stuff isn't My way of living at least. Sure !! Everyone can't try everything, but you can't say No to everything either right ?? I mean, I have seen people who don't even want to try playing pool, shuffle board, bowling , dancing or even a video game. They must have their reasons, you say ? No they don't . No reason. They just don't want to let lose for a moment for fear of spoiling their make up or breaking a sweat. I'm not one to persuade anyone more than two three times, but then it makes the rest of the group feel that they have to compensate somehow for the fun that those nay sayers are missing. Do something once, and then if you don't like it don't do it. But having never tried it and having no desire to either is just, I don't know, wrong at so many levels. Coz those are the kind of people who extend the same kind of attitude to other fields of life as well, scared to let go of their comfort zones, denying changes to just live !!!

So guys, remember !! All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy ... There's much more to life than sitting around studying or working. Don't sit around getting bored. Get up ! Go out ! Try anything new. Live a little more . After all, all anyone of us wants is a life better than the one we have now right ??

|
This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 07, 2009 and is filed under . You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

23 Spin Offs:

On July 7, 2009 at 11:20 AM , Archana said...

Omg, I can't tell you the number of times I've seen girls chicken out of doing something that makes them look goofy or silly simply because "people are watching", "my hair will get messy", "my make up will smudge" etc etc. It's so crazy, I would think people would love to get down & dirty and let their hair down every once in awhile, but apparently there's one too many uptight individuals, lol. I say, you live once, so live it up! :)

Granted, the more living up you do, the higher the chances are that you'll make a fool of yourself here & there, but it's all good. It teaches you to laugh things off, heh. ;)

 
On July 7, 2009 at 12:17 PM , Adisha said...

Yup, one of the more important things is to be able to let lose and laugh at yourself ... :)

 
On July 7, 2009 at 12:50 PM , Stillness Speaks said...

Well written! Everything has to be experienced once. Ofcourse all the good things. No point in regretting on your death bed and thinking "Wish I had done this, wish I had said that". The time is now, and it's never coming back :)

 
On July 7, 2009 at 12:51 PM , Adisha said...

@ Stillness - Thanks. A balance is required in every field of life. That's so true ...

 
On July 7, 2009 at 1:00 PM , theantisensestrand said...

Nicely said! I totally agree...if you want to live your life to fullest...try every thing that you can...at least at the end of the day you have things and stories to tell people...and once being a kid who spent nearly half of his school life on playground, I belive some of the most important lessons you learn are outdoors, outside that bubble of your comfort zone!

 
On July 7, 2009 at 1:12 PM , Tasneem N. said...

oh my god you are getting down to write such inspirational posts.i am sure whoever reads any of your post are likely to be motivated for so many reasons.
I understand, i too have seen women and girls backing out because they feel conscious.Instead just let go and enjoy. You reminded me of my childhood days when i used to play football, cricket, TT, skating etc with my cousins.All boyish games that too.I learned karate too from my show off cousin.Now i proudly show off that I know to play so many games, though I may never win any of them.

 
On July 8, 2009 at 1:39 AM , Siva said...

This is one post that i can very much relate to myself. It really motivates. Thanks :)

 
On July 8, 2009 at 3:17 AM , Chriz said...

yus
thats the spirit
get down
move on
get dirty
kick everyone
murder and show to the worrrrld that you have arrives

 
On July 8, 2009 at 10:28 AM , Adisha said...

@ theantisensestrand - Yup, it's so much fun to be able to regale people with anecdotes n stories of all your adventues :)

 
On July 8, 2009 at 10:28 AM , Adisha said...

@ Tasneem - Wow !!! I can only hope that people get inspired. The rest is upto the ones who read ... woaah! You were a really busy kid when you were young huh ?! Know karate too ?? That's just amazing.. I hope you keep at all the fun you've had and can have with your talent ...

 
On July 8, 2009 at 10:29 AM , Adisha said...

@ Siva - Glad you felt so ...

 
On July 8, 2009 at 10:29 AM , Adisha said...

@ Chriz - That's a nice few words to sum up what I wanted to say, except the murder part ;) hehehe

 
On July 8, 2009 at 11:18 AM , Mahesh Sindbandge said...

Hey adisha, i ll be coming soon to read stuffs on your blog... the titles are very tempting....

see you around soon :-)

Cheers
Mahesh

 
On July 8, 2009 at 1:38 PM , cutestangel said...

Good post its taking part and enjoying than winning thats more important.

 
On July 9, 2009 at 2:41 AM , Baljinder Singh said...

Hey..quite inspirational post...

Sometimes dissatisfaction leads people trying new things. You might wonder that new things (from games to science inventions) had been tried or experienced by people who were not satisfied by the present scenario of that particular field.

But trying new things is a bit different. Its for fun, adventure n all..U said rightly that one should try everything that he can in his life..at least for once...

BTW u seem quite sporty n adventurous..boating n all...gud gud..:P

 
On July 9, 2009 at 10:48 AM , Adisha said...

@ Mahesh - Looking forward to hearing about your views on my posts :)

@ cutestangel - Thanks dear ...

@ Baljinder - Thank you Baljinder.

Yup. Sometimes, people need change and take a different path of life to give themselves a jolt of enthusiasm. Trying new things is always fun and gives one a new lease on life and MANY things to talk about ;) :))

Hehehe, yeah, I do whatever I can without freaking out :)) :p But I appreciate teh compliment... I think u meant it as one right ?? ;) :)

 
On July 9, 2009 at 11:31 AM , Mahesh Sindbandge said...

Hmmmm i completely agree with what you have tried to deliver.

I have founsd this thing with many people around me.

Few of them have a phobia towards trying things for the first time.

There are certain things in my life too, which i never tried because i was simply scared or thought that i havent got a good platform to make a try.

later in college i gave a try to dance...now few months back, i gave a try for tennis too.

Tennis i waited, for racket. but dance, i love to dance but simply i was shy to do any act.

I read somewhere, there is a difference between knowing and doing it.

You know lot of things, which is just a perspecitive of yours ...theoritical, in one word...

Doing it is experincing it, which until one experince lacks practicality.

Good post.

Cheers

 
On July 10, 2009 at 4:11 AM , sujata said...

I am not a sports person myself, but sporty I am..all for trying out something new. And laughing at ones own expense is the biggest stress buster ever! great post!

 
On July 10, 2009 at 6:12 AM , ♪♪HARINI♪♪ said...

well, im the lazy type!!! i do play outdoors, but my favourite game still happens to be antakshari! :P

:D

 
On July 10, 2009 at 11:59 AM , The Survivor said...

Good for you Gal.

You live only once, so instead of living in fear, why not get rid of the fear?

 
On July 10, 2009 at 4:08 PM , Appy said...

Hi Adisha, Im visiting after long, and just read all your posts. And loved them, like always.
On an entirely random note, though, have you read Twilight?

 
On July 12, 2009 at 2:35 PM , ani_aset said...

hey long time i havent visited the blog.I see people around me with reasons, lots of them, for not doing things.None, with a reason to do it :)

One reason is all it takes, making self happy is just one of them

 
On July 17, 2009 at 1:31 PM , Fallen Angel said...

A casual , yet lively post and most of all it stirred some hibernating wishes of mine ...and i do agree with the fact that poeple opt out , just because of the fear of losing ......

So what matters is the effort we put ...not the winning trophy ...




(i just recalled , after much reluctance, i went to this "poster making" comp. frm my school ...., though we didnt won or anything,but,i was so delighted by the mere experience ! :-)


cheers .