I’m currently sitting on the couch watching Isner playing Mahut in a Wimbledon opening round match. The score at this very moment in the fifth set is 41-41. They’ve broken every record in the book from longest set to longest match to most aces to most games. It’s painful to watch! The commentator just mentioned that it was either the best or worst match he has seen, and I couldn’t agree more. Isner keeps mouthing to his coach, “what do I do?” There’s literally nothing he can do but hang on. What can a coach say at that point? Welp, give up or hunker down. He seems to be hunkering down as there have been about ten more games since the last time me mouthed it. It’s history-making, but I’m sure there are few places either of these men wouldn’t rather be.
While it is a loose connection to make, it does make me think about how I feel in life sometimes. At the current moment in my life, I know I want success for myself, but I have no idea how long it will take to get there or what that success will look like along the way. As I continue going through my daily life and making choices that seem mundane at that very moment, those choices are things that can ultimately affect where I will be in the end. And there are, of course, times where I just want to look up to my coach and say, “what do I do?” But, just like the coach in this situation, I can be told either to give up or hunker down. And because I’m not someone who gives up often or easily, I am going to hunker down. I know that I will get to an ending or victory with which I am happy, but I’ll just have to keep going choice by choice and day by day to see where I end up. I’m okay with that; I’ll just enjoy myself as I go.
Photo Source: http://straightsets.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/23/wimbledon-live-isner-vs-mahut/