Friday, January 17, 2014

I’m a Rafa!

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First entry for the new year. Happy 2014, y’all! Hope you all started the year right. Hahaha! :)

I did. I think.

I was able to finish a book—a non-academic book. A memoir, to be exact. It’s a Christmas gift from Papa (as an exchange gift, of course. He’s not a gift-giving person e.). If it interests me, there’s a huge chance I’ll finish it at the soonest possible time, which I did. Started reading daaays after Christmas and finished before classes resumed. Rather, it was before I resumed studying. Hehe!

The book? It’s RAFA by Rafael Nadal and John Carlin. And, it’s A+MAZING! I am inspired by it and I got to know Rafa more as a person. I connect to his story and even his struggles not as an athlete, but as a person. Like him, I see myself as an ordinary person who is capable of something great with all the hard work, determination, and the unparalleled support of family, but fears ‘greatness’, or in his words, “the fear of winning”—it is what lets us down. This book, his story, shows us how a person can overcome this fear and how powerful ones mind can be. His mind is. The way he sets his mind into something is power. His focus is out of this world. It is his strength. It could be ours mine too. ‘Could be’.

Another highlight from the book is Rafa’s relationship with his family. His family is everything. It’s what keeps him grounded and yes, he was raised a good person. As what he said, that’s important to him. This is definitely something I can relate to because family is everything to me. A close-knit family is a blessing. A real blessing! Like him, I am blessed with one. True, problems will always be there but a strong family can overcome any problem. Also, having read his book, I understood the role of his family, particularly that of Uncle Toni’s and his team. Believe me, it’s interesting. It is very interesting (in a positive way). Well, that’s just me.

If you are a fan, you’d definitely appreciate this book. I think non-fans would too. There are a lot of sections in his memoir that are worth reading—his first Wimbledon title, the Australian Open, the French Open, Roger Federer and just everything about tennis and even football (‘soccer’). Lots of inspiring moments. A lot to learn. Novak might have read this already and even learned something from it. Hahaha! Read the book and you’ll figure it out. :)

So far, that has been the last few days of 2013 and the first few days of 2014—the realization that I am indeed a ‘Rafa’. :)

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