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Table Tennis

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Table tennis has bee´╗┐n on my mind for some time now. The more I play, the more I want to and every time, I want to play it better than I did the last time. This desire of mine has me made think of joining some table tennis classes or learning from someone who knows it better than me. I have gone through numerous YouTube videos on how to play table tennis and the various techniques involved. I have watched some great videos and also seen some good players play which makes me all the more excited to play like them.

To be frank, I have improved a lot if I look back at where I was when I first started playing, though I just get beaten black and blue by some good players in my office :-P. It’s not that easy a game to pick up initially. It has a certain kind of technique to be followed so that at least some of you returns and services fall in the other players court and you can be happy that it did so (I was when this happened :-)). My forehand is good, but my backhand is very poor. Except the chop, i can’t play any other shot. This weakness of mine is off course exploited by the other player and I end up on the losing side.

I know winning and losing is part of the game, but everybody wants to win, don’t they ? This thought of playing table tennis very well is consuming most of my thinking time and I can’t help but to think about it as I love playing the game. Some examples of this kind of behaviour of mine (This behaviour of the human brain is well described in this essay by Paul Graham) is when I first joined work and all I used to think about was the problem I was currently solving. The scenario was the same when I first started to swim.

The pattern above makes me think that this behaviour of the thought process occurs when I do something for the first time (is this the same for others too ?), when something is very interesting and fun to do, when something is at stake, otherwise why would I or anyone think about it ? In the case of table tennis I think it is fun and the possibility of being the best player in the office that makes me think about it. I want to be appreciated and appreciation is one of the major factors that drive people in their lives.

It’s common knowledge that it’s the journey of a player in reaching his goal that’s important rather than the goal itself. I will try to keep this in mind the next time I go out to play TT. Whether I will reach my goal or not, only time will tell.

Written by Vivek S

August 8, 2010 at 4:14 pm

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