A prompt question was given to me and I had no clue to what was being asked. An “even keel” is referencing a ship that is balanced with the motions of the sea. I just goggled it, so I could be semi-wrong. The balance of your life, how do you maintain that ship sailing with the unknown currents always crashing into your direction?
I’ve never been at sea but things on land can be hectic or difficult as well. We take on challenges and go after new territory within the sea of the mind. I noticed about a year and half ago that basketball was this missing piece to my peace of mind. I enjoy the comoradrie and friendly competiiton; the fundamentals that make you a great player are always going to be there. Practice makes perfect and nothing is perfect, so take the shot and play good defense.
I try to at least play three times a week. Basketball is the help to my maintaining an even keel. I can sweat out my stress and put in my two cents to the game. I also feel that the individuals around me playing are rejuvenating my energy. They are challenging me, at the same time encouraging me to get better. I need to have postive teammates and determined defenders.
An even keel to me is a day-to-day process and having basketball in my schedule makes the balance worth it. I can see myself working through the chaos, and I know there is support from people who have their own even keel to deal with. No matter how difficult life can be, I see the game as a key element to preserving a steady ship.