A Rebound For Your Rebound
In basketball, when you run the ball down the court, make for a layup and miss, you try for a rebound. What’s one missed goal when you have an opportunity to get the ball back and try again? This time around, you strategize on what you did wrong and how you can get past the 5 other people from the team you're playing against -- trying to block or steal the ball away. You have the upper hand now, and you have a better chance of getting a shot in the basket.
The same goes in life: when you miss, you try for another shot at whatever it is that you’re trying to do. You don’t give up. The game is still on, and you can strategize better from the mistake of dropping the ball. When you fall, you get back up, and you do whatever it is that you have to do to get back on track to make that shot.
When it comes to relationships, romantic and otherwise, it’s not always a shot in the basket or a beautiful three-point jump shot. It’s a struggle! People will block and try to steal your thunder. They will try to hurt you and get out of a foul from elbowing you right at the jaw. People get on the defense and try to pull out a red card on you when you do something stupid, like step a little out of line. You get disappointed, and you disappoint others when you miss a shot. People will cheer for you to succeed, but they will also call you out on your mistakes.
You didn’t make the most of when you had the ball in your possession. You waited it out longer than 10 seconds (8 in the NBA) and the buzzer went off before you could get the ball past the half-court line. You didn’t fake enough passes to make the real one work. You should’ve pivoted and spun around to pass but instead, you walked without letting the ball touch the ground.
It’s not a perfect game because there’s no such thing as a perfect game. Otherwise, we would always know the outcome: who wins, who loses, who gets the upper hand, and who makes the shot.
We each have a fair chance to win or lose -- to make a shot or miss, to step out of line or make a save, and to make a rebound.
You have to think about yourself as a team player. Whether you’re the power forward who knows you can make the shot when you’re close enough to the basket and big enough to block on defense, or the point guard who knows how to handle the ball best and knows when to make the right pass, your role is important in how you live your life and how the lives of the people around you are affected. It’s rare for people to always know how to handle different situations and make a pass at an opportunity when it’s evident that it’s not going to work out, especially when you have the ball in your hands. But knowing what you can do best and where you stand on the court is important. So it’s best to break it all down, figure out what it is that you do best, and make a game plan out of that.
Not everyone can be a center in basketball and make most of the rebounds. Sometimes, people are better at creating their own shots off a dribble like the two or what we call a shooting guard in basketball. People like to take chances and hold on to opportunities and it’s not always a 100% shot in the basket. But if that’s what you have to do and do best at to realize there’s a better way to make 2 points for your team, then you have to work hard to master that and become versatile -- assume the role of point guard as you improve your passing skills. It’s not a make or break, it’s always a lesson learned.
There’s always room to grow, and versatility is key.
When life throws you basketballs, make like a small forward, be quick on your feet and have the strength to overcome the pressure. There’s always room for error, and it can get exhausting. But unlike basketball, we have an unlimited number of timeouts in life and knowing when to call for one is something that comes with time and experience.
Life, though, isn’t constricted to 48 minutes split into 4 quarters of 12 minutes each. This game of life runs for a much longer time. So, don’t get enough of the rebounds. Get a rebound until you make a shot. Go for the offense instead of the defense. The more rebounds you make, the more opportunities open up to you and the better your chances of winning. When you’ve finally made a shot, play to win and start all over again. With that, you’re already in a better position to make a game plan for the next 48-minute increment game of your life. Basketball IS life -- at least, in this way.
Words by Cola Paclibar