I recently started watching volleyball anime (yes, there’s anime for every activity under the sun) and it occurred to me that volleyball really could be classified as an addiction for me. The feelings portrayed on the show were Japanese, no universal, because I had felt exactly the same way so many times. So, I decided to pen my thoughts on paper and share some of my photos as well, you know, just for fun.
These are the reasons why I love playing volleyball:
- It’s more or less the only social life I have outside work. Volleyball has allowed me meet no less than 100 different characters and personalities in various stages of madness and fun. The thing about volleyball is you are focused so much on playing strong for your team you really find it hard to keep acting or fronting for so long. And yes, most volleyball players I know are great huggers so if hugs are your thing, start playing volleyball. The rest of you Nigerians are way too stiff.
- It’s great exercise. I run, squat, jump, and shout when I’m playing. It’s so funny. I would never do any of these things in any other setting. Shout in the club? Why? Jump in the office? Why? Squat in church? Are you mad? So why would my body be able to do all these amazing things and I keep it seated at a desk for 99% of my waking life? It doesn’t make any sense at all.
- I want to go to the Olympics. No, seriously. I have a dream that one day I will block the spike of an American, Brazilian or Russian and my entire country will rise to their feet in exultant jubilation. Watch me (whip, watch me nae nae).
- The ladies are pretty. I think it’s all the squats and shorts and tights and socks and all what not. Plus, my volleyball club has some amazing jerseys as well. Please don’t judge me. Seeing real life models is better than looking in fashion magazines.
- I get to travel for a reason. When my volleyball club organizes friendly matches, we get to go to play in Ghana, Italy, the US, Dubai, Enugu, Lagos, Calabar, Kaduna, etc. See, I like to travel. But travelling in a large group is all sorts of awesome. Most of our volleyball trips have 40 or more of us going and the group dynamics is just so different from a posse of close friends (about 4 or 5). If you want your alone time or couple time or posse time you can still pull them out of the large group and have an awesome vacation in addition to the large group. Splendid, if you ask me, but you didn’t. Because you do not have sense.
- It helps me sleep at night. No, seriously. I have a 2 year son and he mirrors me in so many respects. He will be jumping up and down at 11 pm when his mates have gone to bed. He “comes alive in the night-time.” My eyes start to shine like a torch no matter what I did during the day, unless I played volleyball to exhaustion. Then I could be watching my favorite TV series and fall asleep on the couch. See, it’s embarrassing but it’s better to sleep well than to be unable to sleep.
- It helps with depression for me. Sometimes I don’t feel like doing anything. But I ALWAYS feel like playing volleyball. I don’t understand this. Even when we don’t feel like eating we feel like playing volleyball. This is a huge deal. I have had team mates who lost really close loved ones tell me they kept coming to play volleyball because it helped them not sit at home and think and think and think. For me, most things in Nigeria require too much effort for success. You put in your all and it comes back empty. Volleyball is not like that. You put in your effort and you can see results. Volleyball reminds you that all is not in vain, that working hard pays, that you are part of a team, part of a bigger picture, part of a family. Volleyball tells you that you can do it, that you can be better, and win the admiration of your colleagues and the world if you work hard enough. Volleyball helps you believe. And that is part of why it’s so addictive for me.
I had to write this to explain for all my friends and their loved ones why volleyball is so addictive.