Merry Fedmas!

As you know I don’t have much of a family in real life and I consider you guys my family. So I want to share Christmas with you. I hope you are all having a blessed Christmas with your loved ones. If you are alone like I am then don’t feel bad. You are part of the Fedfamily here even if you have never left a comment. The new year is uncertain for me but I hope I can continue on this journey with you guys. It’s been a privilege and an awesome ride, and the ride isn’t slowing down much. Roger has a great chance of winning a slam next year. I hope you enjoyed the video. It was made by @RafasKnees, a friend from twitter. I like the fact that it is the top four guys together. These guys are Roger’s main rivals but it’s important to remember that this is just a sport, and that there are much more serious things going on in the world. Merry Fedmas and a happy Fed year! ;-)

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  1. Wishing you a blessed Christmas, Ru-an, tons of good wished for the new year, 2012.

    You know, you are my favored blog to come to, it’s like visiting a good friend to read about tennis, our favored tennis player, Roger, to read all the great comments that are written on your blog. You can be proud of what you have accomplished. Coming from an old friend, 86 years of age, I not only admire and love Roger but also you,

    Take care, keep up the good work, Ru-an, it will be a busy year for all Fedfans as Roger has a busy plan for the coming year in place. Thank you for all you do for us.

    Kindly,
    Dolores

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thank you for such a sweet message Dolores. You have been with my blog so long that you really feel like family by now and I love and admire you too :-) You are an inspiration to me and this blog!

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  2. Merry Christmas Ru-an. You have built such an amazing place here with this blog, and I wish you the best in the New Year! May we be able to celebrate Roger’s achievements (hopefully many) in 2012!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Kyle and Merry Christmas!

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  3. So happy to see you online today Ru-an. The Holidays can be difficult for many people and that includes me. After many years of struggle i realized i get so sad because i have an ideal of what the Holidays with family should be and my life is nothing like that. Once i was willing to let go of the fantasy and accept the reality i was fine. I am with some old friends for the next few days. I have a daughter whose family i am usuall with but they went away to visit other relatives. I am happy about that since the other grandmother will be very happy. My sorrow is with my other children, a son and a daughter who i have basically no relationship at all. I have tried for years and realized it takes two. I dont want to do all the work anymore, they need to participate. Children can be selfish and mean, even if in their thirties. I am grateful for my friends im with and i am grateful for you Ru-an and the many people who participate on your blog.If i lived near you we would have a Holiday supper and be glad. I know how you feel about the sorrow of the world for i am the same but we can’t be serious all the time , we must be happy for all the good things too and that means Rogers coming season for one. With all my heart i wish you all and the world love, peace, laughter, health and a good Holiday Season whatever your beliefs. I long for sanity and compassion in the world. I love that you have been reaching out Ru-an, you made it easier for us to do the same. I love that we reach out to each other and i hope it never ends.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Happy to see you too Susan. Christmas has often been a difficult time for me. I never had a loving and supportive family. And Christmas is the time that it really stings. The thing is I don’t care much for any of these human traditions. I just can’t take Christmas very seriously when there are people out there that are alone and suffering. But I love that I have a blog that could possibly mean something to people in this time. Christmas is a religious institution anyway and I’m not religious. But Christmas is now more than a religious institution. It is a time for families to get together. Not sure why that happened but it makes people hurt who don’t have family or friends. I’m glad you are ok now for Christmas. My last Christmas was quite painful. So far this one has been better and you guys have a lot to do with that. Like you said it also helps to appreciate what you have.

    It could have been a lot worse for me. At least I am not homeless and I have the internet to interact with my readers. For that I am very grateful. Reading your comments so far has helped me. Hopefully I will have some more to read after I’ve slept because Christmas has only really started over here now. I am sorry about your family. Family can be mean and that hurts. I have a sister that I don’t have contact with either. I could try to contact her again but like you I feel it must all come from my side. It takes two to tango, so don’t feel bad about not having contact with your kids. I am just grateful for people like you on my blog. You guys really mean a lot to me and if we lived near each other I would have loved to have a holiday supper with you. You are right about me being serious a lot. I have to try to take things more easy. I guess that is just harder when you have suffered a lot in your life.

    Thanks for the nice comment and I hope you have a wondRFul Christmas! :D

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    Susan Reply:

    I’m sure you are asleep now but will get this in the morning. My hope for you in the coming year is to be less isolated. You said you may be moving to a bigger town, is this still happening? If they had tennis courts maybe you could start to play again and meet some people. For me alot of the isolation i have felt could have been prevented but i needed to take steps for things to change. There was also mention of a new job, possible friends could be met there. You have so much going for you Ru-an as a person we need to find a way for you to meet people who you would enjoy. To feel connected it sometimes is helpful to volunteer time helping others. It’s a win win. Hang in Ru-an, the holidays are almost over. I hope the new year brings you some happiness. Take Care

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yes my isolation is a problem but everything has it’s positive side. Isolation helps me to focus on my inner world because there are no distractions. Having said that I am trying to get out of here. It’s just a lot harder than it sounds. SA don’t even have public transport and I don’t have a car anymore. I just had a new job but was fired without them giving me a reason. I can just keep trying and hope it works out. Thank you for the well wishes. I hope the new year brings you happiness as well.

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  4. Merry Christmas to you, Ru-an. Am sorry you have had past sorrows over this time of year. I think many people have too. Too much buildup and expectation – I have long ago learned to let go and enjoy the moment and the present. By surrounding yourself with people that matter and that you love, they become your family. DNA has nothing to do with it.

    You say Merry Fedmas, I say Bon Nadal!

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  5. Merry Christmas,Ru-an and Happy Holidays. I am relatively new here, but am already hooked. Your blog is great. Thanks!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Patik that’s always flattering to hear :-) Merry Christmas!

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  6. MERRY CHRISTMAS RUAN! wish you the very best for the new year! :-) totally love ur blog, n ur posts as always.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thank you vaibhav and merry Christmas to you too!!! You guys are the best! :-)

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  7. All the best for Fed fans in the New Year! Fingers crossed that Fed will have a great year. I just rewatched the Fedal match at the WTF. Hope to see Fed that focused in his matches for 2012.
    Peace of mind is internal no matter what our external lives appear to be.
    Keep on writing Ru-an!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Wise quote Sue. We can be at peace no matter what our external lives are.

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  8. I have no family as you Ru-an, I have learnt that nothing is given in life and I try to do my best to be happy everyday.In the beginning of your blog some friends used to tell me:”What did Ru-an say? you´re and addict Roger and Ru-an fan.Have a life”!
    I don´t know if I have a real life but I´m happy here and being a Roger fan.
    All the best for you Ru-an, you give us happiness and this is a very important thing to be happy!!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Lol that’s a funny story about your friends. They didn’t understand. All we have is each other and this blog basically. It IS our life. Sorry that you don’t have family. But we have each other :-) .

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  9. Wish you peace and inner rest harmony, Ruan.
    I love your writings and your integrity, and can easily identify partly with the pain you still feel at times, because my own life has not always been what I dreamed and what one would call ‘ordinary’ either, although I was lucky to have been raised in a” very good nest”. I want to support you as far as possible, but will have to create my own emailaddress for it. It will be hosted on a server of my cousin, because I don’t want to receive publicity in my mailbox all the time.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Wilfried. I appreciate your integrity as well. The publicity you receive can’t be from my blog. Where does it come from?

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  10. ruan
    i am in Melborne on holiday with my sister. unfortunately has to be back in Sri Lnaka by 17.Jan,won’t be able to see roger in action.

    wish you a happy new year.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Happy new year anton.

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  11. Holiday greetings to all from the sunny shores of Northern California (we’re experiencing a long, warm December drought)…. Ruan, I empathize with your feelings of isolation during Christmastide. The season tends to bring one’s life into sharp relief, which can be painful at times. But like everything else, it too will pass. You say that you are not religious. But will you at least grant that life is a Great Mystery? And a Miracle? If so, then perhaps you’ll be open to this possibility (or should I say maxim?): SUFFERING IS A GREAT PURIFYING FIRE FOR THE SOUL. This is the one lesson I have learned from living so long on earth. And if one looks at suffering in this way, something remarkable happens—it tends to gradually dissipate of its own accord … leaving nothing but the Miracle and the Mystery. And is this not enough? What more can we really ask for? Yes, life can seem like drudgery at times. But I guarantee you, that at the moments right before your death, the doldrums will vanish into thin air, and nothing will taste sweeter than the simple sensation of Life Itself. The secret and challenge for all of us is to savor that taste as fully as possible while death is still far away.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Great comment Balthazar. The enlightened man would say one must die before death(as in the ego). Only then can one live life to the fullest.

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  12. Thank you, Ru-an. Happy holidays to you as well. Remember, you aren’t alone. You’ve reached so many people through your blog and provided much joy and cheer to Federer fans from all over the world.

    That’s more than many people in this world ever accomplish in their lives, it’s something you can be proud of.

    Best of luck in the New Year!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Steve I appreciate it.

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  13. Merry belated Christmas and a Happy New Year ahead, Ru-an! Thanks for this wonderful community, it’s truly a wonderful place to be for a Fedfan.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks onefly that means a lot to me!

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  14. Hi Ruan! Belated blessed Christmas to you! Sorry I’m late. My brother visited from overseas and I couldn’t open my computer for awhile. Hope you had a happy and peaceful Christmas although you might have been lonely. But I guess being lonely doesn’t bother you anymore except, as you say, Christmas seems to be a time for family and reunions and it does get painful if you do not have family. But you do have us and although we are not friends in the flesh, we are a special group “gathered” by you and we will “hang around you” till death do us part! Talk about loyalty! Lol! I still have lots of tiramisu and trifle left-over from Christmas, which I made myself! I love tiramisu but it is too rich for me. Here, have some (Veronica passes a BIG slice of the best tiramisu in the world to the GOAT blogger coz only the best will do for the GOAT!). Now…. I see a smile from you, Ru-an! HeHe! Be glad you are alone, Ru-an. I really wanted a quiet Christmas this year but my brother had to come! All the noise and commercialism is over hyped. I know you are not religious but I’ll just say this. Christmas is a time of giving. It’s not about presents, gluttony, holidays, etc. Being alone is completely normal at Christmas. In fact you are actually celebrating a REAL Christmas. Jesus (whose birthday is Christmas)came for the poor, the lonely, the hopeless. He was born in the poorest and dirtiest conditions to identify with humility and poverty. One doesn’t have to believe in Jesus but that is the original purpose of Christmas. You are celebrating Christmas well by giving the best Christmas present to me which is this blog and I am really touched that you took a loving step to wish us a happy Christmas knowing how it makes your own heart ache when Christmas time comes around. That’s REAL giving, Ru-an! So, you are actually celebrating Christmas correctly and normally! OK, now onto the other serious stuff. Somewhere up there I read a comment from you that you are fired?! I’m so sorry. What happened, Ru-an?! Did you turn up late for work?! Did you beat up some colleague?! Did you harass some female worker?! Did you burn the office down?! Lol! If it’s none of the above, then I say your employer is either insane or a total idiot! Lol! Anyway, if you don’t wanna talk about it, we totally understand. You will STILL be our GOAT blogger. Have a smiley and great day today, won’t you, Ru-an?!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Veronica. Was wondering where you were! I don’t want this to be a blog where I discuss my personal problems, but yeah I thought it was pretty harsh that I got fired. They could have at least given me a reason. No worries. It means I will find something better :-)

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  15. hey ruan, i hope u din c the match of abu dhabi. really disappointing, fed showed no form…..62 61 to djokovic in 44 min. narrowly escaped a bagel. tons of unforced errors. i hope federer was jst casual n this wasn his real game, i mean wid concentration. even for an exhibition, he shudn have lost this way, i think he was tryin to study the joker’s game or somethin…anyways djokovic is back to his best form we saw in the beginnin of this year…. and, fed has a bulge on his right temple, hope it’s ntin serious.

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