Being a Top Sportsperson = Suffering

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/6282996/Respect-our-sporting-heroes-who-suffer-in-the-pursuit-of-excellence.html

Above is a great article which explains why being a top sports people is not such a glamorous life as some people think it is. As someone who’s had a glimpse of that life I can tell you there is a lot of suffering involved. You have to make huge sacrifices and there is a lot of pain and suffering involved. I think there is very few top sportspeople who are truly happy. The problem is they are never satisfied with what they achieve. There is always more to achieve, a new challenge, a new rival. This is where Roger is truly unique, because he is one of the few balanced sports stars out there. It’s kind of ironic how these sports stars and celebrities are worshipped in our society, because most of them are miserable. Why is their achievements so important? Success is happiness. Period.


It doesn’t matter how much money, fame or power you have. If you are not happy those things are ultimately pointless. We live in a society where we have got things mostly wrong. We worship people who are unhappy and therefor unsuccessful themselves. How much sense does that make? Think about it. Why do people go after money, power, fame and all those things? They do it because they think  it will make them happy. Only it hardly ever does, because there is always more no matter how much you achieve. Even R0ger admitted that there was many people out there who are happier than him after he was asked about it after his historic Wimbledon win this year. Why? Because no matter what he achieves there is always more. It’s never enough.

There will always be the critics whose mouths can never be shut no matter how much Roger achieves. Having said that, Roger seems to be a pretty happy because he is in it for the right reasons. So if you are a fan of Roger you can feel good about yourself for that fact. It doesn’t make much sense to worship someone who is not even happy. But then again people don’t realize this. They just see someone who is admired by everyone and they follow suit. As humans we clearly have a lot to learn, but it’s that way by design. Anyway this is not a philosophy class so I won’t go any deeper into this. Lol! I just want to tell you that you should feel good about the fact that you are a fan of Roger, because not only are you a fan of one hell of a tennis player, but also of a happy one.

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  1. Ru-an I´ll post Roger´s comment in an interview,after his words I thought”I´ll get through this tough time”, and I made a copy.
    He said:”Thanks to everyone who supported me,I feel a bit overwhelmed but very flattered, thank you so much, I always try and remind myself when times are hard, that life is very simple. What we put in is what we get out. And the giving has got to exceed the taking”.
    Tha´s why I´m a Roger´s fan as a tennis player and as a human being.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks for that Ines. That about sums up what Roger Federer is about.

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  2. Roger has always a class above then the rest. The article says it all. He can pick up the racquet and go about amazing us on court. When he leaves the court, he leaves whatever baggage behind and go on being Roger- the person. He has always believe in his own judgement and make his own decisions. I think this is key in maintain sanity in this crazy quest being rank no#1. I agree with Ines – a fan of Roger as a tennis player and as a human being.

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  3. It is even more of a suffering if you keep falling short of achieving your goal. I really pity Andy Roddick. The guy works really hard & just basically tries anything to avoid being a “one-slam wonder”.

    But everytime he falls short since 2003. Wimbledon 2009 was both happy & sad for me. The happiness is obvious, my man won. But, I’m sad because it might be the last chance if A-Rod is to win a slam.

    I thought that if Hewitt & Safin deserved to win 2 slams, this guy deserves it, too. Pity that his time might already be up. If I were A-Rod, I would definitely feel some kind of hollowness, something terribly missing, from my career… and that it may stay being a regret for life.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah i feel you man. I actually sent a tweet about it today, that Andy’s last big chance was really Wimby and he came so close. Hes been struggling since and i dunno if he can ever recover from it. A US Open and a Wimby would have been perfect for him really.

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