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I had a lot of friends when I was younger. I always hang out with them all the time and even after school. We do a lot of fun and cool stuff like walk through our way home, ride a bike, practice skateboarding, explore the woods, and even ding-dong-ditch some people’s houses. It was so much fun, and I feel so alive that time. However, things change when I grew up. I eventually lose the interest in participating in tiring stuff. I started to dislike doing things that require a lot of body movement. From there, I slowly dropped my friends one by one. So I began to evaluate stuff around me and questioned myself “how did that happen?” Not long enough I discovered it was all because of sports.

How It All Started

When my friends began doing tons of sports, it felt like I don’t belong to them anymore. Since I don’t want to be involved in any activity that requires me to run or walk fast and throw or jump high, I chose to be alone all the time. But it’s not that I didn’t try to approach my friends. I do respect their love and enthusiasm with sports. However, it is not my thing, so I barely talk about it when I’m with them. I admit I get annoyed most of the times because that’s all they can think and talk about. That kind of not-so-close relationship didn’t go well. Still, it all went down to me ditching them because I can’t hang out and do sports at the same time.

“There are many examples of physical activity that range in levels of intensity from light to vigorous. Maintaining your physical health can include yoga, bike riding, jumping rope, engaging in sports, running, walking, jogging, skiing, dancing, tennis, and gardening.” –Marjie L. Roddick, MA, NCC, LMHC

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When I noticed that I was living in isolation, I hated sports more than ever. I blamed it for the things that are happening to me. I became anxious and depressed that I don’t want to go to school anymore. I started playing video games and spent time with the computer for an extended period. But there’s this one time that I invited them over to our house for a sleepover so I can start bringing back the old times. But, they all refused because they said they have to practice. That time, I feel completely ignored and alone. I feel like I don’t fit into anything just because I don’t like and don’t want to try doing sports. I begin to hate and feel bad about myself.

“Just like our feelings give us information about our needs, so do our bodies through physiological feedback,” –Eliza Chamblin, LCSW

One day, one of my old friends asked me to hang out with him, so I did. He said he was concern about me because I don’t go to school often anymore. We had a casual conversation, and out of the blue, he dared me on a race. I was thrilled to the idea that I’m talking to him so I said yes without thinking that I might be running. I was sweating and panting after a long run. But I realized running made me feel different. It somehow boosts my energy, gave me a good feeling, and makes me happy. That’s where I decided to try sports. What can bad happen if I try it for the first time?

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Fast forward to the present day; I now enjoy sports. I actively go to the gym five times a day to work out and spend weekends with friends. Also, we’re all part of the basketball team at school, so I get to hang out with them all the time. If there’s one thing that I learned from that experience, it is the importance of being physically active. Yes, you might enjoy some things alone, but it will never be enough without friends to share that happiness with. It is essential to stay healthy in the emotional, physical, and mental aspects.

“Exercise is key; speak to your primary care physician to see what kind of physical activity is right for you.” –Amanda Zayde, PsyD

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