The racket whizzed by my ear ferociously, narrowly missing the better side of my face.
Tightly-bound strings connected with the black rubber ball with satisfied confidence and solidity. My eyes followed the ball to the bottom right hand corner of the wall, my body accompanying the split-second understanding that I would do everything I could physically do to get to it.
Lunging forward, my quadriceps burned straight down to my calves, much like the cheetah's sprint towards its prey. Extended out then snapping forward, my wrist was in complete sync with the force of my forearm.
In the moment, nothing else mattered but that next ball.
Welcome to the world of Squash, my new favorite sport. At levels of high intensity, squash epitomizes my definitions of success. Effort, focus, hard work, re-calibration, timing, foreshadowing, and being in the moment are all requirements to win against any worthy opponent. Ultimately, the victory belongs to the individual who can maintain a consistent unison of all these necessities over time. But what's the biggest lesson one can take away from squash? I would venture to say that although the message is simple, it is quite key.
Keep hitting until it's over. Always.
Any successful hit may win you the point, but it takes a series of successful rally's to win the game. You have to keep going in each rally, continuously hitting, then spotting the ball and figuring out where it's going to be, and then you have to be there when the ball is too.
Therefore, your biggest obstacle is figuring out your opponent's habits and methods of play. Additionally, even when you don't know your opponent, you have to adapt quickly to where most of their shots go to. Or you lose.
Hit after hit, sprint after sprint, one well-placed shot is not enough.
A blog on my continuing journey through life, covering self-development and success strategies, but also personal reflection.