Vinluan: Our passion to serve-A A +A
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
IT's like throwing a match in your fuel tank! Besides the diminishing hope of Filipino athletes for a better sports environment, athletes keep up to what they have, from training facilities, sports equipments, training methods and financial capabilities.
Like a chronic disease, they suffer, yet sacrifice themselves to make better athletes. Sad to say, our sporting community is also plagued by red tape and corrupt leaderships where athletes are affected not sure and doubting about their long-term future. Good thing they have their will power and talent to get them going.
Think how bad its’ gotten in our sports world, the “rah-rah” style doesn’t work anymore and the ultra loyal athletes can tell it might be best for all concerned to try a second sport for a better chance of having a good streak going in their sport careers.
That is because the passion we bring to dissecting every nuance of competitive sport allows us to be known to people. At least this is clear: we decide our faith as athletes. This is always the case in our sport setting, and this is part of why athletes, even those talented choose not to be part of the sporting world, as if all judgment written into fame’s contract is what they run away from.
Support is what our athletes need, because how can one turn his back and not want to be in a utopian place to escape a dreary sporting career, and shatter the illusion of unworthy corrupt practices in the Philippine sport setting.
In this context, athletes quit even at the top of their games because they are sometimes tired of carrying the baggage of sports world. They get so bored by so much of what sports leaders in the field covet: money, fame, and glory.
Some athletes on the other hand don’t or may retire at the peak of their career if they derive their self-worth from these things. But however you put it, athletes treat their workplace as a cathedral where passion drowns out logic. Compared to other workplaces, people can quit or retire with ample amount in their pockets to pursue their happiness. We either applaud or envy them because of their fortune and that they have untethered themselves from the drudgery of other people.
It could have been all of these things or none, but most make their retirement about right or wrong in the sports culture. That is, whatever happens from here, the most well-expressed expression of athletes is their continued passion to share and serve others with their sport.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 26, 2013.