A 30-something racket

By bettymachete Latest Reply 2010-06-28 18:12:52 -0500
Started 2010-06-28 09:49:33 -0500

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!

3 replies

monkeymama 2010-06-28 12:20:51 -0500 Report

I am in the whole process of rediscovering who "I" am and what "I" want. Being a nursing student, wife, mother of 3 closed aged kids (2 have physical special needs and the other mental special needs), and the feeling of being bogged down. I knew it was time for change. I got my inspiration from watching Biggest Loser and Jillian Michaels. My husband and I got back up on pour bike and began riding. We invited our kids (my son in a trailer due to his medical) and began riding together. Our kids now look to go riding early in the morning. I realized (and our family), that we could ride almost 10 miles together. It was a GREAT feeling. Now I feel like I want to do more and push myself to increasing do better for myself.

Anyone can do this but has to have the positive mind and faith in themselves to do this. We have to have the mind thought that we want to do it for…(you fill in the blank). I might try this whole tennis thing, my middle daughter is looking to try this.

bettymachete 2010-06-28 14:04:58 -0500 Report

That's wonderful! It's very easy to lose yourself in raising a family. I know I did and the result is hard to take sometimes. I would never trade my years of being completely dedicated to my family but I should have done better to take care of myself. Rededicating myself to my well being and having my family join has opened even more chances to spend quality time with my kids. You are right, it is a great feeling! Congrats to you all!

monkeymama 2010-06-28 18:12:52 -0500 Report

I full hearted agree with you here. I was constantly putting my health and well being on the back burner trying to take care of 2 special needs children. I felt I would be selfish and heartless if I thought of me first. I was wrong and seeing that now.