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My relationship with sport *

I think it’s safe to say that the vast majority of us will have some experience with sport at some point or another in our lives. From sports day at Primary School, to P.E lessons at High School, going to football matches with your Dad or even a career in the sport industry later in life. I have a long history with sport and in fact, this can be a pretty sensitive topic for me because back in Secondary School, my goal was to study Sports Science at University and then go on to be a fitness instructor or a nutritionist or something in the sporting industry. I loved sports, I loved P.E and I loved being active but unfortunately, life sometimes has other plans.

Going back to the beginning, I was never really into a lot of sports when I was younger and at Primary School and I was often that person that got whacked in the face when all the boys were playing football. I wasn’t and never did become a very good football player. But I still enjoyed being active. I loved my trampoline and would spend literally days on it.

I also enjoyed playing golf with my Dad; a mix of crazy-golf and even heading onto the “proper” golf courses every once in a while! I mean, I wasn’t any good. I was a scrawny little kid, probably in some sort of Disney clothing, playing golf with my Dad. We certainly didn’t look the part, not like those that take the sport very seriously. If that’s you and you want to look the part, Callaway Golf Clothing for the green will suit you up nicely!

Going into Secondary School, I started to enjoy sports and P.E more and more. We obviously had our compulsory P.E lessons that everyone had to do but by the time it came around to picking which subjects I wanted to do for GCSE, I found myself picking extra P.E. That would mean for the next 2 years, I would have double the amount of P.E which often involved some sort of sport, exercise or P.E theory every single day. And I absolutely loved it! I was also on the Tennis team and got to visit Wimbledon, did after school Badminton, Trampolining among other things.

So like I said, the plan was to go to University, study Sports Science and go from there but me, being the idiot I was, chose not to go to a college that ran P.E as an A Level I would have needed, instead deciding to stay at my school’s sixth form, not study P.E but at least I’d be with my friends. Good. Life. Choices. So, I spend the subsequent 2 years at A Level, miserable (and mostly drunk from the night before).

Shortly after finishing sixth form, I developed an anxiety disorder which I still suffer with so unfortunately, any plans of going back and studying to do what I really wanted to do have gone out the window. But before my anxiety diagnosis, I continued to go to the gym regularly. I went swimming and played Tennis or Badminton. I was incredibly physically active, I loved moving my body and I loved playing sports and games.

The actual mentality around sports is one I very much like. I like how it can bring people together, allows you to show your support and let out emotions. It’s supporting someone else’s dream and seeing what incredible creatures human beings are, to get to the very top of their field. To be in perfect physical fitness, to defy the odds and to follow their goals. Sport can be a very emotional thing.

And I learnt that a lot over the last few years, since being introduced to Motorsport by my boyfriend. He’s been a Motorsport fan since he came out of the womb so naturally when we got together, I noticed it more and more and became more intrigued and before I knew it, I was hooked. I never showed any interest into Motorsport before him, in fact I was one of those incredibly annoying and naive people that thought it wasn’t “really a sport”. My God how wrong was I.

Motorsport has brought me back to those same feelings I had when I used to play a lot of sport myself. It’s made me remember why I loved sport so much in the first place. I’m a massive Formula 1, DTM and WEC fan and I’m learning more and more about it all the time. I don’t have the 25 years experience like my boyfriend does – I’m still in the baby stages. And it’s so exciting. The photos above were from our visit to the DTM (a German touring car championship) in August and it was one of the best experiences. Being among all those people who are there for their shared love of sport. That’s pretty special.

What’s your relationship with sport? Do you play or watch any now? What are your favourites? Let me know!

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Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

34 Comments

  1. i too used to play a lot of cricket and sometimes kabaddi, but due to my knee injury i quit playing long ago but still watching any cricket match gives me excitement that nothing else can give and now i have come out of the anger and stress of not playing and have instead started to write on cricket😊😊

    1. Wow sounds like quite the experience and I’m glad you’ve found a way to still enjoy it 😌

  2. I play tennis! Most people don’t enjoy that fact that it’s a lonely sport, but I love it. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I think lonely sports can be really good for your mental wellbeing 🙂

  3. Sarah Sullivan says:

    i hated sport! im the fat girl in school so i just hated the idea of being made to run about and have everyone watch me.

  4. I’m terrible at sports but I like to go to the gym for mental health reasons.

  5. I was, and still am, terrible at all sports but I go to the gym when I can for mental health reasons.

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  7. I’m not a huge fan of sports but I don’t mind watching baseball lol

  8. The only sport I really like is football xx

  9. missviclb says:

    I’ve never liked sport so I envy that you do enjoy it! I’m just terrible at it. I’m glad you’ve found a new way to have a relationship with it!

  10. It’s so good that you’ve found a way to love sport again but in a new way that fits with this stage of your life x

  11. I used to be really sporty, I did dance and I always swam and I have so many medals from swimming! Now I cycle and walk pretty much everywhere!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

    1. Oh wow really? I never liked swimming, I was never very good at it!

  12. I wish I were more into sports or regular physical activity to keep myself more active. I admire people who are because because I struggle to keep it up.
    http://littlemissmelanie.com

    1. I wish I was more too. I love my Yoga but I miss being really physical.

  13. This post made me a bit emotional! I love that despite your plans changing somewhat, you’ve found a new and different way to maintain your relationship with sport. I’m so glad you are still able to enjoy it, that makes me so happy! I honestly HATE physical exercise hahah, but I love watching sport. Going to rugby games is my favourite, the atmosphere is amazing!
    Beth x

    1. The atmosphere at sporting events is like no other isn’t it!

  14. I’ve always been put off sport from my school days and being forced to take part but I love yoga now x

    http://www.ofbeautyandnothingness.co.uk

    1. I think sport in school is important but they could definitely approach it a bit better and not “force” people but offer other alternatives

  15. Cordelia Moor says:

    I had a similar experience with dance – I used to dance all the time and had plans of studying it at uni and making it my career, but life had other plans! I find it hard now to think about that time, or even watch other people dancing, but perhaps like you did with motorsports I’ll find another way back in

    Cordelia || cordeliamoor.com

    1. I hope you do! You can find those passions again in different things – things you won’t expect! I never thought I’d enjoy motorsport in a million years!

  16. I am not very sporty and neither are my children.

  17. It’s quite a hard thing – we have to make serious life choices when still basically kids. However, don’t ever discount going back to study. I went to uni at 40 – with no O levels, or A levels! In my class I became friendly with a 50 year old who was just starting studying. The following year I became friendly with a 60 year old who was doing a degree part-time after retiring.
    I have to say, I’m an armchair sports fan and love a bit of Formula 1!

    1. That’s great that you were able to do that but due to my anxiety it’s not an option for me to go back and do what I wanted to do.

  18. I can’t remember ever really being a fan of sport or anything to do with p.e once I left primary school! It just wasn’t my thing and I’ve never really tried to get back into it since. I did used to love swimming lessons when we went with school though and even now, it’s the one thing I always enjoy and wish I did more! xx

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

    1. Swimming was the one thing I wasn’t a fan of because I wasn’t very good at it!

  19. My dad was an athletics coach when I was around 11 or 12. I had sports rammed down my throat and I HATED it! My dad was always banging on about how the latest person he was coaching was good at this and that and why couldn’t I be more like that. So yeah, sports was and still is a touchy subject for me. I was definitely an academic, I was Headgirl, got straight A’s etc. Sports just did not interest me. However, I loved to dance, tap, ballet etc. But noooo, that was never good enough. I think I probably just overshared lol Oh well! 🙂 x

    1. Blimey that’s not good. I hate pushy parents – whatever the subject. It’s not helpful at all for the child. I was academic too, I loved essays and learning!

  20. Love, Laughter & Truth says:

    I’ve been very fortunate to develop a career in my favourite sport, boxing. And now, my personal and professional passions are coming together as I am about to launch a mental health in boxing workshop at work. It’s funny how life works out!!

    1. Oh my god really?! I had no idea!

      1. Love, Laughter & Truth says:

        Yes, I can’t wait! It’s something boxing needs and I think it will be very well received.

  21. I used to be so active, I did gymnastics and trampolining mainly. Then I became hyper-vigilant and afraid of almost anything that could cause pain and nope. I can’t do it any more. I can’t even watch it on TV!
    I did used to love playing golf with my dad though.
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

    1. Oh no that’s a shame!

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