I was 8 when I picked up my first racket. I spent years in tennis and racquetball classes and had once dreamed of going to Wimbledon. I met Jesse Owens before he passed and began running track because of it. I saw my first soccer game at 9 and fell in love with it. I began playing and even belonged to a team that traveled to both Mexico and Canada. I played with Pele, himself! I became an Aerobic step instructor, and ran my first marathon at 18. I always thought my life would be full of fitness.
I can't remember exactly when I stopped playing but I think it was when I started dating my husband. He is military and by the end of his day he just didn't want to exercise. Back in the 90's we started our family. 91, 93, 95 and 97, yes I was giving birth every odd year. I simply didn't have time to exercise on my own. All of those years of pregnancy one after another really took it's toll on me both physically and mentally. I was alone for 3 of my 4 deliveries.
Now I can do for me again, and while I can't do some of the things I used to. I have teens and beagles who are more than willing to walk with me, and my son has become my personal trainer. I found my first racket in a box of things my Mother had sent me. I took my son out for tennis last night, you know what I found out? I STILL have a mean serve. I beat the pants off him.
Rediscover yourself, chances are you will surprise someone who has known you their whole life.
Be Well! Be Happy!
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