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18 Years Later...

Sunday, January 13, 2013

When I last left you fine people of Sparkville, it was the day of my first basketball game in nearly 18 years! I was a Sophomore in high school and just finished my one year of JV basketball. I mean, who wouldn't be a little apprehensive about trying something like that again for the first time in 18 years? Let's get a bit of historical perspective to see just how long ago 1995 was...

-I was 16 but hadn't gotten my driver's license yet

-Bill Clinton was President and still in his 1st term

-Boyz II Men "On Bended Knee" was the #1 song

-Dumb and Dumber was the #1 movie

-Seinfeld was the #1 TV show

-Justin Bieber wasn't even 1 year old yet

Maybe some of that explains the bit of angst I was feeling leading up to the game? Was I ready to do this? Was I going to embarrass myself? What had I gotten myself into? Yes I have lost a lot of weight and yes I have been working out for nearly 7 months but I am not 16 years old like I was then and I still have work to do as far as losing weight!

It's funny. All of that stuff went away once the game started. It felt normal. I didn't find myself particularly winded. I felt good. I have never been the fleetest of foot anyways even when I was younger and playing baseball in college. Running has never been a strength or something i've liked. Running was always the punishment for doing wrong when playing sports. But, those guys weren't running circles around me or anything. I held my own.

Ok, so we lost the game, but it wasn't really about that. It was about getting out and doing something that I really enjoy. It was about being part of a team which I had kind of forgotten about in the decade plus now in which I haven't been part of a team. It was about the competition. I had forgotten how much fun that is!

I did pretty good. I played in about 25 minutes of the 40 minute game. Ok, I only scored 2 points but I did have 11 rebounds! Hey, like I said in my last blog, it tends to be a good thing in basketball to be 6'7"!

All in all, it was a positive experience! Really positive! Thinking about it now, it really puts it into perspective how far I have come since May 5, 2012. There is NO WAY I would have been able to play basketball in the shape I was in. Thinking back over the last 10 years, there is NO WAY I could have done it! I have come a long ways in 8 months plus, and I still have a good ways to go before I am done, but this really showed me the progress I have made. It showed me something that I can really be proud of! I found myself wishing there were a couple games a week and I can't wait for the next game on Thursday the 17th!

Just embracing the possibilities Sparkville!

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    Awesome! I hope tonight's game went as well or even better. What an amazing thing to really be able to see how far you have come!!! I had a similar experience last week. First time in 7 years that I have not been reduced to tears in a dressing room. Makes one feel proud! emoticon emoticon
    1884 days ago
    one word: AWESOME!
    it's great that you went out and did it despite your reservations. if you spend all your time avoiding things because you may not be good at them, well, you miss out on a ton of opportunities. am i right? of course! and you showed it. glad you had fun :)
    1888 days ago
    Awesome! Forget if you lost the game, because you WON so much more! Congrats for getting out there and finding out how much you love the game again! Can't wait to hear how the rest of them go over the next few weeks!
    1889 days ago
    This is amazing!! Way to go! emoticon
    1889 days ago
    Best wishes!!
    1889 days ago
    How exciting! Just one door that is now available for you to walk through any time you wish. Your exercise regime has really whipped you into shape. Congratulations on this breakthrough! Now you have another way to increase your fitness that is actually FUN!
    1889 days ago
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    You never know what you can accomplish until you try! As always you have inspired me. Kelp up the awesome work! :)
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