Sometimes what we mean to do for other people, ends up helping us most. Maybe it does not help us in the ways we want, or even in the ways we think we need most. That doesn’t mean it is not an opportunity to do what are called to do.
I have played some tournaments in the past that didn’t seem to fit into my training regimen or to be as valuable in my atheletic pursuits as simply training. But often times these small tournaments are connecting points with the people who put time, effort, and money into me, as well as an opportunity for me to do what I believe is important such as helping amd encouraging the next generation of athletes.
I recently played the Eastman Open, a very small tournament, and had a blast. I got to meet and talk to a lot of fantastic people, as well as play doubles with a good friend, and talk to a bunch of kids I had coached at various camps. I can’t say there was much competition , or that it was amazing preparation for National Championships, but it was a great opportunity.
I am now at the 2017 National Championships. I just finished my practice for today and I am trying to prepare for my game tomorrow. Another step in the journey, and I guess we will find out just how far I have come. Or what needs to come next.