The times are gloomy with cloudy days and grey skies, the earth is wet and we have definitely reached the entrance to winter. There are things that need to get out via these posts, I have ideas and I need to follow through for the sake of not keeping it in. The blog has become this outlet and a resource for my writing, I get to share these particles of my brain, regardless of the amount of readers I have, this story from my stomach is true.
I think the routines and rituals can lose content when it becomes apart of a daily chore list, and the “against the grain” entity inside me wants to go off the trail for the sake of being original.
Basketball is my muse, it’s how I get my inspiration, the elements of the game help me see things in my real world. The more I play, the more I learn, and last week gave me that moment of realization that I needed. So, usually our core group plays 21, it’s only four of us, 21 makes sense. Its more of an individualized game, you versus everyone, not too complicated. Although, when you have eight players, your not gonna want to play 21, that’s a game of four on four.
Four on four has that team dynamic stitched to it, you can pass and play without the ball. It requires cooperation and positive relationships. The game opens up when you have a team of players to work with, and the game of 21 doesn’t really require that team spirit. Your on your own playing 21, but when you have a team, you have those options, you can be a great defender and not have to worry about being the one who scores. In order for a team be effective, each player must be aware of a role on that team.
Last Friday during lunch the squad went to play 21, and there was a bunch of other players wanting to jam. We had to play a game of four on four, perfect timing. The accountability is more present, the opposing team has equal players and you need to do your part defending one of those players. Most of the time your in a man to man defense, your assigned a player to defend, and if that player is scoring then your going to get blamed. Call for help.
I play basketball with some great people, good friends I’ve made along the way of me trying to be me. I have those strong individuals around to challenge me on the court, and those same dudes are the ones that can help build a team to challenge another squad wanting to play. The game gives you gems and the time you give the game can accumulate to the greatest days on earth, looking for the open man, finding the cutter, taking the last shot to end the game, boxing out the defender and chasing the rebound. Passing the ball to your teammate because you have all the trust you need for them to drive it to the hoop.
On a bad day, I might not see the importance of playing and maintaining these relationships on the court. If I forget my role in playing, then I am not being responsible for what I can bring to the team and the game. The game exists, yet it is our individual efforts that shape and bring life to the sport. Be aware of your own powers and keep that ball moving at the pace you desire.