Badminton has always been my favorite sport. As a child, I play along the streets or in a club with either my childhood barkada or my brother or our household help. It didn't matter if we played barefoot or not, used wood or lousy steel racket, plastic or feather shuttlecock...
Some 6 years ago, I met a couple of strangers on the court. We first bonded with the same passion for badminton and later, with common values in life. I looked forward to every Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays for a fun game. It had been like that for many years, not even a knee surgery kept me off the court for so long. It became an addiction I should say... to the extent of owning a court and a couple of branded gears and equipments.
It has been more than a year since I last joined a tournament and I have been off the court for the longest time. Apparently, I'm not missing it. Why the sudden loss of passion for the game? I should say, it's not sudden. I have been prone to sports injury for many years, one leads to another, even litterally getting into my nerves. And in recent years, many has left the court so the group has evolved as we welcome others to join and we join other groups as well.
I play because I simply love the sport. It didn't matter if I win some or loose some. I enjoy the game and most importantly the company. Unfortunately, it's not the same anymore.
Yet, I wait for the day - for that passion to come and haunt me again.
(Philippine Open 2007 is slated on July 18-22. Few players will come to play in Cebu on July 23-25)