Like a champion

There are always changing-of-the-guards.  i.e. The beginnings of great eras, and the times that mark the declines of them.  For me in my life, with pro tennis, the big moments were when 1) Boris Becker won Wimbledon at 17.  Actually I probably do not remember that so well.  I was barely in the nursery at my school then.  But I remember being a Boris Becker fan (like most of England) all throughout my youth at that school.  And for me that era ended/ changed in the 90s when 2) Sampras beat Becker in the Wimbledon Final.  I was a diehard Becker fan then.  But after that, strangely, I loved Pete Sampras.  That was the new era of a Great.  I loved him.  I still think no one smashed a shot like him, it was like he was climbing a stair case in the air as he jumped to smash downwards.  And then, I remember 3) watching Sampras play Federer.  How I hated Federer then.  How could he take Sampras’ spot.  I remember watching a Wimbledon match – maybe on Court #2 (I mean, WHO puts Sampras on Court #2?) And Sampras lost.  So quickly after that did Federer’s star rise.  And then he became my new favorite.  The new champion.

When I try to channel my inner -winner- strength, I look to these idols.  Right now it does seem still to be Federer.  He’s “winning” at life.  Still playing.  Still got heart.  Still smart, and still an amazing athlete.  Still such gorgeous attention to detail in his shots.  A family.  Children.  Philanthropic.  Great sportsman.  Gets the job done.  Gives his best.  And he’s still top (just not number-1-top, but number-3-top.  It takes a great sportsman to do that — to keep on going, to keep winning, to keep striving for winning.  Borg couldn’t do it.  As soon as McEnroe’s star rose, he just couldn’t handle not being the clearcut number 1 any more.  He quit.  So there is respect for keeping-on-going, which R-Fed does).  Plus, like previous era changes, I’ve just not been able to get on the Djokovic bandwagon (maybe there too, I’m English, and we are Andy Murray people).  Although could also mean that the era of Federer is not properly over yet.

So, I’m posting this picture of Federer right now.  To inspire me.  Like a champion — a tried, tested, and still moving forward, CHAMPION …or the post actually should be titled: Still Like A a champion.jpg

The Hidden Law by WH Auden

as i’m in an Auden mood (and studying lots of law)

The Hidden Law

The Hidden Law does not deny
Our laws of probability
But takes the atom and the star
And human beings as they are,
And answers nothing when we lie.

It is the only reason why
No government can codify,
And verbal definitions mar… The Hidden Law.

Its utter patience will not try
To stop us if we want to die;
If we escape it in a car,
If we forget it in a bar,
These are the ways we’re punished by… The Hidden Law

Almost too difficult

Part of your destiny is to live in the zone of maximum satisfaction. That means that if you steer by starlight, you’ll choose goals that require lots of work. However, that work should always—or pretty much always—feel fulfilling. The place where you’re happiest lies at the edge of your ability envelope; in other words, the journey to your own North Star at its best will be almost too difficult, almost too fast, almost too complicated. Almost. ~ Martha Beck