As I close my eyes and drift away to a land where there is love, health, peace, and blessings. I wanted to take the time to think and reflect.
The truth is the other day I decided to go watch tennis at the Aviva Centre, York University, Toronto. I shared this trip via my photographs, and then also wrote a reflection about my experience. But today I wanted to think at a deeper level, as much more memories were aroused. While there were many good experiences during my time at York University as a student, such as; learning and engaging with the learning material, through classes and interactions, I also remembered some of the many obstacles that I went through. I don't think that I would do myself any favours, if I were to once again write about these, but I did want to say that just as the tennis match, where there is a test of skill, endurance, how we choose to stay in the game, with the never give up mind set, the same is expected of the student. The student must also endure all obstacles. Sometimes which are a result of how we navigate the system, along with academic life. The key is to never give up, be informed, seek knowledge about any barrier that you face. I know that it is easy for me to say now, but looking back, the excruciating pain and suffering, that arrived with the many battles, to try to get things that I needed done, obtaining my education, more so during my senior years. But reactions are part of the process, emotions drive us as to how we will pick ourselves back up to stay on course, to fulfill our goals, personal and academic. It has to be said that being a person of minority also affects response and treatment received. But maybe it was all a test, to see how I would get up to persist? And this I certainly did.
Leaving York University, I'm glad that I leave with a reflective attitude, grateful for the good memories, and for everyone who has supported me throughout. I'm also grateful that I did pluck up the courage to visit at the Rogers Cup. Rafa Nadal's win in Canada is very significant for him, and also for the country of Spain. The win is a symbol of victory, sports diplomacy, and building diplomatic relations between the two countries, and also the sport of tennis.
Rafa Nadal also proved that skin color and age is not a limitation. Age is really how we choose to view it. Yes, we will see changes to the human body as we age, but inside, the spirit is ageless. If you tell yourself you are old, thats what you'll see and expect, because it really is about what you choose to tell yourself, that informs reactions.
Nadal also encouraged younger athletes, the final tennis match could also be viewed as a coaching match, to give younger players a taste of what it takes to take on the number 1 athlete, raising the bar of for what it means to compete.
And of course a little bit of improvement for Rafa as well, never give up what is yours. While you displayed compassion and empathy during the final tennis match, you have to remember that during a competition, the opponent won't display the same compassion or empathy, it is always better to compete until the match is over. CONGRATULATIONS RAFA!!! :)