Thursday, February 23, 2006

The Promising Athlete

They told him the sacrifices were worth it. They promised him that if he would focus and attain his goals, the rewards would pay off in the long run. But he loved his partying, his wild lifestyle, his girls. To sacrifice all that just for a shot at the big time, at the big leagues? Even when he got there, made professional, he'd still have to stick to the strict training regime, every morning, up with the roosters, watching what he ate, giving the clubs and ladies a miss, but for what?

They told him that once he got to the big time he'd realize what is was all about. That competing in the world championships was worth something, that the joy he would feel then would be worth all the pain and sacrifice. It is better for him to get to sleep early now, keep off the alcohol and the drugs, don't let the women entice him. So he can focus on the goal, of making it, of building something, of doing something valuable for the future. Who even says he would make it?

But right now he can't see that, he doesn't appreciate that, in fact he doesn't want that. He wants to live life in the now, the here, with whatever excitement life can throw at him, living for the moment, the thrill and rush. He doesn't believe it is all worth it, the sacrifice for the future, he just can't see it.

Vehamaven Yavin Hamoshol Vehanimshal (only the wise will understand the parallel) .

TRK

15 Comments:

At 2/24/2006 7:04 AM, Blogger FrumGirl said...

Do you live by this strict regiment, TRK?

 
At 2/24/2006 9:31 AM, Blogger almost_frei said...

while the moshol is pretty good (you have a good writing style..)the big difference is that sports players at some point enjoy the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat which guides their future AND they can see where others have succeeded and/or failed... mah s'ein cain over here... it is only after 120 that you get the score... and worse, you never really see winners and losers in this game (if ever c'v) until the game is over... what a life, eh?

 
At 2/24/2006 11:14 AM, Blogger Shopaholic said...

I guess I'm one of the wise...

 
At 2/25/2006 4:59 PM, Anonymous Random said...

As a former anorexic child gymnast, and former adult alcoholic. I feel sorry for the "disillusioned athlete". Promise can only precursor the discipline and hard work you so negatively depict.

 
At 2/26/2006 11:30 AM, Blogger Lvnsm27 said...

Live in the moment and enjoy life. but also prepare for the future.

 
At 2/26/2006 2:41 PM, Blogger Littleredridinghoodie said...

All the wise men looked with admiration, but it was the child that proclaimed, "look the emperor has no clothes"

 
At 2/26/2006 4:28 PM, Blogger Mata Hari said...

Right - keep your eye on the prize.
The best way to do that is to hang out with the people who are where you want to be going, instead of the people who will drag you down.

 
At 2/27/2006 12:26 PM, Blogger Eshet Chayil said...

Carpe dium. (don't know if that's spelled right) But I think you get it...Long time no hear from you.

 
At 2/27/2006 2:03 PM, Blogger FrumGirl said...

Miller didn't get any gold, I guess he should have read your blog before he blew it, lol!

 
At 2/28/2006 9:53 PM, Blogger ClooJew said...

Hmmm, methinks this doesn't bode well....


...lulei demistafina

 
At 3/01/2006 6:58 AM, Blogger Mata Hari said...

Not to sound sanctimonious...but that is the yetzer harah talking.

MH

 
At 3/05/2006 4:12 AM, Blogger J-Turtle said...

That does sound sanctimonious.

And judgemental. Yup.

What you might want to consider is that God's regimien is not supposed to feel torturous. If it is you might be doing something wrong. Like stretching, it's not supposed to hurt.

 
At 3/07/2006 3:31 PM, Blogger Dating Mistress, Jerusalem said...

TRK: I love your blog!

Next time you land up in Jerusalem, you must come by for a party...I'd love to meet you in person.

Looking forward to it!

*wink*

 
At 3/08/2006 2:19 PM, Blogger The Rabbi's Kid said...

thanks for the comments people, keep them coming

 
At 3/08/2006 4:18 PM, Blogger FrumGirl said...

No fair, we want individual attention!

 

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