Sometimes I feel that it’s unfortunate that humans don’t have the capacity to remember moments forever. Experiences don’t stick in the memory, they fade in time. I guess it’s both good and bad. I’d want to remember the victories, achievements not the defeats or embarrassments. It’s probably a good thing that we gradually forget all experiences. We should take the hint and handle all experiences the same way, since we would forget them anyway.
Life is hard for those who take chances. If you don’t want disappointments, you should close your mind to all interactions and live within yourself. I don’t find any point in living that way. It may get hard for a while, but you will see greener days. All you need is faith.
We lost 4-0 to Australia in the Border-Gavaskar trophy. We believed the England series was unlucky for us because of lack of preparation and injuries and things like that. No such excuses to give out this time. The series ended with Dhoni saying that he will give up captaincy if someone better if found. I didn’t quite like Dhoni’s attitude when he said that. It feels as if he is accepting defeat. Its a shame.. with the team he has at his disposal. Maybe we can with the CB Series like we did last time. I remember Sachin scored in both Finals.
The Nadal-Djokovic final lasted almost 6 hours. It was a great match. In Djokovic’s own words, ” It was a match every professional tennis player wants to play”. The contest was a test of skill and endurance and mental toughness. Djokovic had chances to finish it in the fourth but Nadal dug deep to extend the match into the fifth set. In the fifth set, it could have been anyone’s game. After the match Djokovic had this to say:
“When you are fit, when you have passion for the game, when you are ready to compete, you are able to suffer and enjoy suffering. Today I had this feeling, and is a really good one. I suffered during the match, but I enjoyed all the troubles that I had during all the match. You’re trying to activate your legs, you’re trying to push yourself another point, Just one more point, one more game. You’re going through so much suffering your toes are bleeding. Everything is just outrageous, but you’re still enjoying that pain.”
This is the most inspirational stuff I have heard from Djokovic so far. I understand what he is talking about, it is a feeling that is difficult to put into words, but he managed it. Pain we receive while pursuing our passions are sometimes welcome. It gives you a sense of fulfillment. There is something you work hard for. But you don’t know if you have done a good job because you have no one to compare to. In times like these, physical exhaustion and pain sometimes gives us closure, knowing that one has pushed himself to the limit and suffered in the process provides a sense of fulfillment. This is what its all about.
In that sense, I am not sad. I would have been disappointed had he lost without a fight. But he didn’t. He put up a fight and was a match to the worlds greatest player currently. I feel proud of their efforts and look forward to the coming season.