THE world is probably divided into those who actively enjoy sports and those who don’t.
But, I’m one of those who feels you’re missing out if you have never been involved in sports, especially team sports. From an early age, this offers a chance to learn to work with others, achieve thanks to hard work and to learn discipline.
Of course this isn’t why anyone does it. Sport can be fun, gives you a boost and releases those important feel-good endorphins. Without getting too philosophical, sport is also a great way to learn how to fit into a working atmosphere.
In team sports particularly, you meet a cross-section of people just like you can do in a job. You are all working together for a common cause and you learn to support each other, to do your bit as part of the bigger picture. And there is real satisfaction of being in that “team”, whether it’s football, netball or at work.
You also learn to appreciate other people’s strengths and weaknesses and to recognise your own. You may enjoy great success and you may have to deal with failure but, again, there are great lessons to be learned from how you handle both.
Petulance and pettiness, in sport or at work, are not acceptable. There’s a bigger goal at stake and everyone has their eyes on this. The rewards, though, are also greater because they are shared with others.
I’m not decrying solo achievement here. Everyone has their individual sporting heroes and will have genuine admiration for the often years of hard work and dedication that it takes to get to the top of a sport – or a profession.
I suppose the ideal formula is to have both, side by side, with one complementing the other for a better life.