Why we play the game we love to play
As we learn and grow through basketball, we often do not have the time to stop and reflect upon what we have picked up from the game. Towards the end of your playing careers however, you will often begin to develop a gratitude for the life lessons that the game has handed you.
Confidence with humility: As you become more experienced, you start to realize that confidence is not about over-the-top boasting or simply being good at all aspects of the game. Instead, it stems from an understanding of what you are good at and focusing on maximizing that. Arrogance is the domain of inferior players, as good players have seen the world out there and understand that there is always someone better.
Dealing with failure: In basketball, as in life, you will run into obstacles. Losing games is a reality of most players’ journeys, as every match only has one winner and every league or tournament one champion. Fall down seven times, and get up eight. Basketball players understand that it is not about never failing, but about picking yourself up and getting better every time you fall.
Hard work: This is a game that requires all your soul and effort. Unless you are truly passionate and devote your life to the game, you have little chance of taking your place among the game’s elite. If you push yourself this way, you will also experience the sense of peace and calm that comes from knowing that you gave it your best shot.
Toughness: Toughness in basketball is not about physical play. Instead, it is about the little things like making sacrifices, commitment and never giving up. These intangible attributes will help us through the ups and downs of life as well.
Respect: Respect in the game is not arbitrary or given out for free. You have to earn it by walking the walk, and you soon learn sportsmanship from watching your opponents do the same, close-up. You learn to respect your coach, the referee and the game. Above all, you respect your teammates because you see the work that they put in and you lift each other up in times of need.