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Sports – A Constant in Our Lives

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Changes, changes, changes. It seems like now more than ever we are experiencing change in our lives at such a pace that our heads are spinning. Many of our jobs have been cut back or are threatened to be lost entirely, our incomes have shriveled or been eliminated altogether and the value of our homes has taken a nose dive along with any retirement savings we may have been lucky enough to put away. Our faith in the government has eroded and we’re left with less and less certainty about what we can count on for the long haul.

Hopefully, our spiritual faith remains a constant in these troubling times as well as our relationships with those we love; our families and our friends. Aside from these things, a lot of us are grateful for the constancy of sports in our lives. Lets face it, sports play a big part in the lives of many of us. We’ve loved and watched and participated in sports for most of our lives and even now when so many other things seem to be crashing down around us, the sports we love are still there to be watched, enjoyed and participated in.

The ugly beast that is our current economy has changed so much about the way we live. Many of the things that we took for granted a couple of years ago, we now see in a completely different light. For many, things that were done on a regular basis before this black economic cloud settled in are no longer financially feasible. The money constraints have made a lot of the cherished family activities a thing of the past. What is still available to us, however, are the sports that are so much a part of our lives.

After we have finished reading the front page of the newspaper and learned of the newest bank failure or of some other large company announcing imminent foreclosure and been informed of the latest member of government to have “fallen from grace” due to their clandestine arrangements, we can take a deep breath and turn to the sports section where the picture looks much brighter making our spirits brighter in the process. At the end of the long day at work we can usually come home and relax in our favorite chair to watch a good baseball game or soccer game or something else equally as entertaining.

It’s no secret that as a country we are going through some difficult times right now and the lives of many of us have been in upheaval, but through all this it is so comforting to be able to turn to those “constants”, those things that have remained relatively steady, our families, our friends, and yes……our sports.

Nancy Smith is one of the owners of RobbinsSports.com. an online retailer specializing in volleyball nets and basketball backboards.