Not many people know this, but Tezi and I met while playing ultimate frisbee, and that was almost four years ago. On that day, back in 2012, I was as new to the sport as Tezi was. Though the same perhaps can’t be said for Tezi, I fell in love with the sport. Up to and including now, it’s fair to say that ultimate frisbee is an important part of my life, the primary way that I enjoy to exercise. On a good week I’ll play perhaps four times and hardly a week goes by in which I don’t play at least twice, and that’s usually only because my work schedule forbids anymore. Tezi knows very well that if I have the chance to play, I rarely pass up that opportunity. In short, I love playing ultimate frisbee, and I feel very blessed to be able to do so.
In this video I talk about how I came to find the sport and my increasing involvement in it, as well as some of the challenges I’ve faced with relation to injury and physical setbacks which have only recently reared their head, being an unwanted novelty now in my life. Sometimes lately there’s nothing I want more than a good foot massage, and my bottle of “vitamin I” (Advil) is never far from me.
The sport has brought me tons of joy and countless exhilarating highs. I feel so grateful that I’ve been able to find so much satisfaction from this competitive team sport, as opposed to finding it in the bottom of a bottle, or any other such substance. No doubt there have been those nights after a particularly poor performance where I’ve had trouble sleeping, reliving mistakes on the field. But my love for the game and competitive spirit always makes me want to return as soon as possible to the fields of play to make a better showing, and to put those mistakes in the past. In that way, it’s a lot like life in general.
There aren’t many things in life that you can look back upon and say that all the time you spent doing them was time well spent, but I don’t think that I could honestly say otherwise in this case. Ultimate frisbee is a fun, rigorous, demanding, healthy form of exercise that offers great rewards if you’re willing to put in the time to learn the sport, and make some friends while you’re out there. If there’s one thing that I would change with regard to my ultimate frisbee story, it would be to have found the sport years earlier.
Thank you for watching and listening to my story. Whether you’re an ultimate veteran or have just recently discovered the sport, I thank you and I encourage you to keep playing. Disc on!