For the November 9, 2020 KGUA radio Morning Writer’s Hour, we are asked to free write some advice that we would give to our younger self.
Advice for My Younger Self
Son, sit yourself down. It’s time you and I had a little talk. You know, I notice you seem to be afraid of even your own shadow.
I look down to the ground, I know he’s right.
My young man, it’s courage that you need.
But old man, how do I develop that courage?
Ah, lad, it’s time you learn to speak up.
You may not believe this, but you are going to age well and love a game called pickleball; it’s like tennis but with wiffle balls.
You’re messing with me, right?
No, younger self, it’s true. You are going to love it. But there will be issues.
Issues? you say.
One, you’ll be playing with younger players with uncontrolled testosterone that will blast wicked shots at your head or family jewels. That’s not right. Speak up and address the issue directly.
Two, you’ll get pretty good, such that when you play doubles pickleball, your opponents will hit away from you and play to your less skilled partner all the time. You’ll feel like a potted plant and wonder why the hell you are out there at all. Do not despair. Speak up and work with your opponents to come up with a solution.
And damn, you’ll just feel so good. And here’s the kicker, most people will respect you because you spoke up. Do not delay, start now, my young friend.
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