i know, a little out of character… no one is going to mistake me for a huge sports fan. and though i will readily admit that sports are not really my thing, it may surprise you to learn that i married a jock. football in high school, basketball in college, running (before the knees went south), tennis every friday (still). but the biggest lifetime passion of all? beach volleyball. in fact, the sole reason stu moved to san diego from northen ca in his 20’s was to play the game.
much more than just a game, it was a life-style. all other facets of life were put on hold so that the game could be played. every day. all day. this was going on when we first met and, needless to say, it did not go over very well with my parents! there were times when he was living in his car. why? so that he could spend every waking moment on the courts. eventually compromises had to be made…. but the game persisted.
along with the life-style was a culture and a “tribe” of guys. they were competitive, but they were also a tight unit. and that tightness has stood the test of time. in fact in recent years there have been more and more “reunion” events, with every detail of some of the particularly impressive games and tournaments endlessly rehashed over cold beers and snacks or dinner.
friday night we attended an amazing event. the cbva beach volleyball hall of fame induction ceremony and party. most of the greatest “legends” of the game were there, many of them now in their 60’s and 70’s. their passion for the game was still obvious as they spoke about the “old days” and poured congratulatory kudos on each other’s prowess.
many of these guys turned their love of the game into careers. in stu’s case, he discovered relatively late in life that he has a passion for teaching beach volleyball to young people and has set up his own coaching program. so while sports are not necessarily my thing…. i do get it – passion is passion – i respect and support it and i’m actually a little envious of this life-time connection. it’s a powerful thing!
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