Monday, September 21, 2009

137 MPH

It started with the 9:12 AM train to Grand Central. Then the 9:56 to Long Island. Exit at Flushing Meadows. The net had the distinctive 6-inch center slope, there were six official line judges, six ball chasers stood at attention when not darting to recover wild balls, seventeen cameras focused from all angles and high-powered microphones picked up every whisper (yes, if they wanted us to know what Venus Williams actually said; we could know).

I’m not a serious tennis fan, but I was given the opportunity to attend the US Open last Sunday at Flushing Meadows, Long Island. It was a stark reminder that we should all take opportunities to try new things. The crowd was into tennis. They were polite and knew the competitors. It seemed like many of them had been there multiple times in the past. I even got to see Juan Martin del Potro crush a 137 MPH serve a few times.

I have blogged often about “staying out of the white aisles” and trying new things. Whether it is new work projects, making new friends or trying a new sporting event, all of us need to continuously expand our environment. Going to the US Open reminded me to follow my own advice.

What things are you doing to continuously expand your world?


Jordan Polson said...

For my 50 years, I've spent very little time looking up into the night sky. My wife bought me a telescope for my birthday a few months ago and since then I've started soaking up the stars. My world just got a lot bigger and I'm loving it. jp

Anonymous said...

I practice something that the LiaV founder taught me in 1985. That is to always try a different way to get to where you are going. There may be one "best" route but you might see something or someone different if you choose a different path. That can lead to great new insights or relationships you probably wouldn't have found if you always go the same way.

David Armstrong said...

My wife and I have been casual bike riders for years, but this past weekend, we moved up a notch and took a mountain ride. Leaving Carbondale, CO. elevation 6150 ft, we followed the Rio Grande Trail built on the roadbed of old Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad towards Aspen. Our actual destination was Woody Creek, elev. 7349.

The weather was great, mountains wonderful and we had several firsts: longest ride - 45 miles, highest altitude ride, 1200 ft vertical climb and most of all, learned some positive things about our physical and mental capabilities. Not bad for our youthful mid 60's.

Austin said...

Lol.. even my wife too gave me de same gift Jordan..but this time I would like to check US Open with it :)

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