My Druthers · 19 December 2012
If I had my druthers, I would play basketball all the time instead of running.
I have indeed started to like to run, and I even find myself needing to get on the road again. However, if I always had a choice to run or play basketball, I would choose basketball. Every time.
Part of it is that I just love to go out and compete with others. Even in a game that I am not necessarily very good at. There is something satisfying about seeing and hearing the basketball go through the hoop. And I have even more satisfaction when I get a steal or at least help get a defensive stop. I guess I just enjoy playing.
In reality, that is probably the reason I like to play basketball. Sure, I like the social aspect, the competition, and even the change in pace and direction that comes with running down the basketball court, but mainly, I love playing. It comes down to the fact that basketball is just a game and I am not really trying to get in shape as I play. I am just playing. I am just having fun.
Maybe one day running will be like that for me. Maybe I will get to the point where I run just because I like to run. Because I am having fun. Maybe one day running will be my favorite activity. Until then though, I will continue to choose to play basketball over running, if I have my druthers.
© 2012 Michael T. Miyoshi
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