Much like my generation-mates, I was hooked on the internet. I never thought that social media sign-ups could change your life though, until I came across the questions – What are your hobbies? What are your interests? Share more about yourself?
Well, I adore Mexican food. It’s the best food ever – you get your dose of go, grow, and glow food in one bite. I go to the gym occasionally. My favorite TV series are Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, and Spartacus. I play the guitar sometimes. I like browsing the internet.
So that’s it? Man, I need to spice up my life.
It wasn’t like this before – I used to write poems, used to sketch, used to be a Football varsity when I was in fourth grade, used to be a member of the drama club in high school – all of which, eventually, ran out of steam. Regrets are nothing but a waste of energy and emotions, though I can’t help but think what life could have been had I not quit football.
While browsing the internet, one of my listed hobbies, I came across the Facebook page of the Philippine Volcanoes, the national Rugby team. They had an open invitation for people to try and experience Rugby. Hmmmmm.. maybe this is my chance to redeem myself for quitting too soon on Football. I love burritos, I like browsing the internet, and I play Rugby. Not bad!
After much thinking and consideration (overthinking kills the fun, trust me), I decided to join one of the Rugby 101 sessions. Indeed, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. That was a freaking near-death experience for a fat, unfit guy like me! They made me run three laps, goodness gracious!
I joined just to have fun, but got emotionally invested along the way. What started out as a hobby, eventually became a passion of mine. Today, I play Rugby, American Football, and occasionally Football (the one that got away).
After trying out Rugby, my mind became more open to experiencing new things. I tried out Yoga, Flag Football, Surfing, Archery, Crossfit, and some few other things. I have yet to muster enough courage and swagger to try Zumba, but that’s in the pipeline!
Don’t get me wrong – I’m not a sports-buff, gym-rat, athlete-wannabe. I’m just a regular dude who is now always hungry (well, yeah.. quite literally, too) for the next adventure.
This small slice of the cyber cake called The Coach Potato wants you to discover new adventures, sports, hobbies, and connect you with people who can make them a reality; basically, give you an extra nudge so you embark on your own journey. Embrace life and the wonderful adventures you’ll encounter.
Always be on the lookout for your next first time!