Me vs. Badminton—An Origin Story
I was never a huge fan of P.E. in high school. Always with the softball, ultimate frisbee and 10-mile runs—never about the Smash Bros., Halo or Modern Warfare.
There were Xbox games to play, girls to hide from, colourful new herbs to smoke, difficult classes to kill my confidence.
I was always too preoccupied with the complications of teen-hood when badminton unit hit. As if I had time to focus on my serve…I had to lock down a tolerable partner for the three-week unit.
Luckily, partners changed everyday. So, I was given 15 days to work on my negotiation and crisis management skills.
Or, I’d be stuck with “Smelly Gary” and/or “Smellier Brad” for an hour of running and sweating.
Needless to say, my relationship with tennis’ distant cousin is complicated.
Today: The Benefits of Being a Stay-At-Home-Son
As it stands, I’m an easily stressed twenty-four-year-old whose body demands a daily workout.
Parking myself in front of a TV or computer screen all day just doesn’t cut it. I get the jitters—and not the fun kind.
As I’m sure you know, it’s summertime…for a few more weeks. My job as a stay-at-home-son recently earned me a badminton net being installed on a patch of grass in the backyard. My dad’s idea.
At first, I figured it’d be a fun activity for my family…especially those under the age of 10.
Instead, my feet have trampled the entire grassy surface into a browny pulp.
Hello, Jedi Academy.
Why Badminton’s An Awesome Outdoor Activity
- Anyone can play. I’ve found that convincing some of my lady-friends to play hockey, basketball or football can be tough. It seems that badminton presents a non-intimidating way to get anyone on the giggle train.
- It doesn’t matter if you’re good. Very few sports are still fun if you suck. I like to win, but I’m not that P.O.’d when I lose a great game. When losing’s fun, you’ve found a gem.
- Rallying can be epic. Instead of playing a competitive game, try to keep a rally going for as long as possible with friends. No matter who’s involved, a surprising flash of athleticism will emerge from even the most inactive of ‘Sportsers’ (Mr. Webster, add that to your big book o’ words).
- It SIGNIFICANTLY improves your hand-eye coordination. Forget baseball. Forget tennis. Now, remember them again…and compare them to badminton. All three grant Jedi-like powers.
- The rush that comes from returning a spike is LEGENDARY. Rejecting a friend with the finesse of Luke Skywalker (post-introduction to the Dark Side) is 100 times more fun than sitting through Attack of the Clones again.
- Birdies are $1.50 for 5 at your local corner store. The sport is cheap as heck. Excuse my language. Set aside $40 Canadian and get ready for a summer of mimicking Samurai in the park.
I leave you with the game at it’s finest:
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