I’ve been searching for something to write about for weeks now. Writer’s block comes in various forms, and for various reasons. In my case, I have to admit that I haven’t played pickleball more than a few times all summer. Playing games with others is usually where I came up with the ideas for writing posts for this blog. No play, no ideas, no posts. I guess it’s that simple.
Sometimes you just need a break. From a sport, from competition, from the people and the drama that can occur when people gather, or for a whole lot of other reasons, none of which may have to do with pickleball at all. Maybe it’s a seasonal thing. I also play golf 4-5 days a week (118 rounds so far in 2022), and maybe I’m just tired.
I’ve been playing pickleball since 2012. Playing a lot! I used to play several nights a week when I was working, at various clubs near home. I played in tournaments wherever I could find them and a partner to play with. Locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. I loved playing, traveling and meeting other people! I loved the friendly competition. After a while, I feel like the competition wasn’t as friendly. I liked pickleball best when it was a new sport, and everyone wanted to have fun. Play well, win a medal but first and foremost, have fun.
After a painful back issue last summer, I slowed down. I sometimes think I enjoy watching good pickleball games more that actually playing them. Maybe I got a little burned out?
As someone who used to play a lot, I feel like pickleball became part of my identity. I started a small pickleball themed tee shirt business, and I became a USA Pickleball Ambassador. I became a dealer for two different paddle brands. Pickleball was just “my thing!” I still sell paddles, passively, but I’ve resigned as an ambassador, and do very little with the tee shirts now.
As my level of excitement and ability diminished, so did my flexibility and mobility to move on the court, and that’s created a struggle to give a good game to the players I used to play with. I find I’ve become focused on not losing and disappointing my partner, rather than on playing my best game, even if it results in a loss.
Has this happened to you yet? If so, what have you done to rekindle the pickleball flame?
It won’t be long before I head back to Florida for snowbird season. I’m excited to see friends I’ve made in several lovely women’s pickleball groups. I hope to rejuvenate my excitement for the game quickly. In the meantime, I played the last two days, at two different local clubs, with friends I haven’t played with for a long time and really enjoyed it. I’m planning to play again next week. I can’t keep up with the “kids” anymore, but I still have some skills! And, of course the best part of a good pickleball game (or a golf round) is lunch afterwards! And I’m really good at that!
I’d love to hear reader thoughts on this topic. Pickleball burn out, Pickleball overload, etc. Leave a comment or email me.
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