I love shooting sports – you might have guessed from my portfolio, but for a long time – particularly through my teenage years – I didn’t consider myself a sports fan. Looking back I was probably defining ‘sport’ too narrowly, by only including traditional sports like football, cricket and rugby. All of which I played at school, but I wouldn’t consider myself a ‘fan’ of. At the same time, to say I was obsessed with surfing and skat(eboard)ing would be an understatement! In hindsight, it’s probably reasonable to call these sports – especially now they’re both in the Olympics! So I guess I was, after all, into sport.
When I realised that I wasn’t the black sheep I once considered myself to be, it got me thinking, “why are humans so obsessed with sport?”
Conscious of the fact we live most of our lives unconsciously, the most compelling concept I came up with is that they act as a guide for how to live life. All the sport I do teaches me something makes me a better person, in some way (and not just physically).
Surfing, teaches me not only to be at one with nature, but to repeatedly get up every time I fall and that when I succeed the joy will outweigh the suffering it has taken to get there.
Cycling teaches me that I can go further than I thought, even once I reach my perceived limit.
Jiu Jitsu teaches me that in order to control external events, I must first master my own movements.
I’d love to know what you do and what it teaches you. Get in touch on social and let me know.