Regular readers of my blog may have noticed that I have a habit of looking at the big picture, even when it’s not really necessary to do so.
Now that you’ve been reminded of this, feel free to continue reading, if you wish to ponder something in a way you may not have done before.
In my almost 25 years of being alive, I have tried my hand at [or at least dipped my pinky toe into the waters of] a number of sports and physical activities, including: judo, tennis, football, soccer, hockey, yoga, cricket, golf, hap kido, lawn bowls, mauy thai, baseball, jogging, squash, volleyball, snooker, skateboarding, wakeboarding, snowboarding, basketball, playing drums, swimming, kayaking, bmx and hiking – just to mention a few lol.
Based on the limited knowledge that I have relating to the various types of physical activity that humans can engage in, I believe that we become involved in sports and physical activity for reasons such as: improving health and fitness, to achieve goals that we set for ourselves and – although we may not even think about it this way – we also partake to take our minds off whatever it is that we don’t feel like thinking about for the moment and attempt to entirely dedicate our focus to the activity that we are actually doing.
With that being said, I feel confident claiming that one of the main purposes for participation in any type of sport or physical activity is simply: to become present.
Slack lining is the foremost type of physical activity I have ever attempted, that insists the mind becomes unwaveringly present while the body is doing.
The goal of slack lining is uncomplicated: walk from one end to the other, along a suspended and springy nylon strap.
If your mind starts wandering, you’ll more than likely fall off.
And I applaud the simplicity of this.