|When the whistle blows, you run!|
These guys who charge forward are, it seems to me, the ones who truly understand the game: win or lose, you jump in and risk everything all the time, throwing everything you have into the effort -- even if you sometimes get smacked in the side of the head.
encourage him not to come in order to “try it.” In order for this life to work, you can’t just be “trying it out to see if it’s for me.” You can’t experience what it’s like to be a monk by slithering along the edge of the court or with your shoulder blades safely sliding along the back wall. You have to live it; you just dash to the center of the gym and start throwing those big rubber balls as fast as you can. I promise to be there to support the new candidate when he suffers the inevitable first nosebleed from getting smacked with a ball in the normal course of the fray. It will require an ice pack and some cotton, of course, but it’s really the only way to play the game.
|You're in the game whether you want to be or not.|