I Can’t Travel, I Have A Game

By: Maria Climent Huguet
Maria Climent is a 26-year-old Catalan lady. After studying translation, she decided her life was odd enough to became a humor scriptwriter and by default, a blogger. This is how she’s now a mother of no one and a better person. She also likes to cook!

The topic of how being in a relationship can keep you from doing things such as travelling is a very debated one. But there are other types of commitments that can keep you from doing such things. Have you ever played a team sport?
For the majority of my life I played basketball and I can remember a few instances where this came in the way of going on a trip, for example staying in apartments in Venice with a couple of old friends from school or my cousin’s wedding.
If you play a team sport with a high level of commitment, then you will understand your relationship with the team can come as close as the one you have to a partner. Has anyone seen the movie Love and Basketball? – If so, I would have been the chick going to prom with Spalding. (In case you haven’t seen the movie and don’t understand the reference: Spalding is a basketball brand, so my date would have been the ball).

Anytime during the basketball season (September until May) if I want to go somewhere and my answer would be, “I can’t I have a game…”  It sucks that you can’t go on what could possibly be a really fun trip with friends, but the look on your friends‘ faces, especially the ones that never have or played any intense sports, you can tell it is difficult for them to relate.
Presently, having a real job and only playing for fun is a much less serious, but my love for the game is still there. Most recent example: Tomorrow there is a free (!!!) concert, a singer that I really like and I can’t go because I have a game.

Now friends will and trips with me in the off-season. I want to be perfectly clear:  I do not mean to paint my experience in negative way, because of my basketball I may have not been able to stay in Venice apartments a couple of years ago, but the sport has taken me to a lot of great places and I have met many great people with whom I made great memories. My bottom line is that you will always get into situations where you have to choose between one thing or the other, what is important, is that you don’t have any regrets.

Written by Ross French