Sounds an inspiring title, isn’t? That’s what I thought too when I read the ITPL-Sports meet banner the first time. Hush……..yes, yes the title isn’t my creativity!
For those of you who are not aware of – ITPL (International Tech Park Limited, Bangalore) is a Tech park embracing 200+ companies with 24k people working all day. And every year by this season, a 10-15 day ITPL sports event is organised for the employees. Huge play ground, lots of participants (meaning lots of handsome players ;)), hell a lot of cheer-up groups and a heartless Sun!
If there should be something which had left a deep regret in my life, it’s definitely that I missed to be a dynamic player on the school grounds. I don’t know why there wasn’t a motivation in me as a child but I remember all those players on the ground were my fantasy heroes. I thought when I grow up I would like to marry a foot ball or a basket ball player (See, I was too young to fantasize a software guy that time ;)) but how silly, even at that age, I was worried if he would like me in return because I was not a player 🙁
In school, sports events was all about fighting for the spirit of our team. Like how Northies and Southies in India get united during a cricket match against Pakistan, so were the seniors and juniors of the same house in school. Though I wasn’t a smart player, I had been averagely good at screaming in chorus along with the crowd for the team (Sometimes I hardly understood if my team got a goal or lost one, but that didn’t matter; the spirit of screaming knew no boundaries). So such were the days of the yellow, blue, red, green shirts with white divided skirts, white socks and white canvas shoes (which used to be polished with white chalk before our PT master came for the check :)).
College was another time of legend in sports! The compulsory PT classes, matches and sports day were no more. Did that mean we girls didn’t step on to the grounds? NO! We did! Why? There was only one reason – Guys! That was a fantastic period in life I can recall. That was the best place to silently admire all our crushes. Out of the 100s of students in groups on the ground, it never took more than few seconds to spot where our that guy stands. And then starts that few hours movie of tracking and exchanging glances amidst the pretends to watch the match. I know most girls and boys landed on the ground for this movie. And today I am not ashamed of those little cranky feelings, I can only call them as days of heaven when the heart just felt what it ought to feel at that age and moment and there wasn’t a mind to interfere about the ‘if’s and ‘but’s.
And today standing again in the play ground, having been metamorphosed from a student to a professional for few years by now, I could reflect and recall how the priorities of my mind and heart have changed over the years during the sports events. Neither team spirit nor guys now! (Not that I have become old, just that my crushes have become workaholics and don’t get to come to the grounds :(). Ha!
I admired how much alive the ground was during the events! Well, apart from the little fun, the point I want to make here is that already out of student life and into their careers and families, many working people cease to enjoy the spirit and glory of sports. I saw the energy to jump, run and smash, the unity and the passion to win in the players today. I don’t know how many will actually continue to play after these 10 days. But for all those once-upon-a-time players reading this post, please make an effort to restart your muscles. It gives a lot of meaning to your existence. I am not a player myself, so I might not exactly know what it feels to play, but if you were/are a player, you would know what it does to you. So against all your odds, take a step, collect your friends and jump, run and smash!
Guys, it’s ok to work hard as long as you play harder!
ITPL – http://en.wikipedia.org
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