Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Playing Tennis, Writing Books, Creating Paintings

At the Tennis Center
For years, I spent my summers on local tennis courts. Day after day in the brutal mid-day sun, I battled opponents in mostly singles matches. That was my passion.

Yesterday, my daughter, Alicia, and I played in the 19th Annual Charity Tennis event at the College of William and Mary Tennis Center in Williamsburg, VA. Although we didn't win, we fought hard and ended with a two-hour-long match that rekindled my passion for competitive play.

Money raised from the tournament goes to the very important charities, Avalon and Casa. As a freelance writer for the Newport News Daily Press, I have written many stories about these worthy groups in past years. I congratulate the people who worked so hard to make this year's event a great success.

The tournament brought back many memories of past tennis events--local tournaments, Mother-Daughter USTA matches in Florida, etc. However, it also made me think about writing books and creating paintings as other passions. Which of these is most important? I don't know.

Is life a balancing act split between many passions? I know that my years on the tennis courts and aerobics floors have been good for my health. Writers spend far too many hours in front of a computer screen. Thankfully, painting can be more physical because I don't like to paint sitting down.

What are your passions? How do you balance them in your life?

Mary Montague Sikes


5 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's great you and your daughter were a team. Sounds like you will be playing more tennis now.
I just make my passions a part of my life. That way, there is always time for them.

Monti said...

Thanks, Alex. Mine are a part of my life, too, but they just keep overlapping which is often frustrating. Eight days a week! That's a song, but I often think that would be nice.

KarenG said...

I just think that is so cool. I was into sports, including tennis, when I was young and then marriage and motherhood kind of made it all go away. I admire the fact you have stayed active doing sports you enjoy.

Monti said...

Thanks for commenting, Karen. Life does get in the way, but it's never too late to go back to some kind of sport--whatever works for your current lifestyle.

Unknown said...

Nice to see a Mother-Daughter team! Keep up the work!