Recently we posted a question to some of our eNewsletter fans: How has your love of pickleball impacted your personal relationships? The answers we got were wonderful and we’ve decided to post some of them this month – with permission of course.
Here is a response from Doug
I am 69 years old and pickleball is my only constant physical activity I call it fool yourself fit. I have been playing for 5 years and it has become one of the most important parts of my everyday life. I also have been involved in the running of a pickleball club and this tends to fill many hours of fun, planning, frustration, and reward. I have developed a network of playing partners who now have become best buddies we play for 2 hours and go for tea or lunch after and talk about the play that day. It gets you out and about and gives your day, week, month structure very important for seniors. It is interesting that people from different demographics can have a game in common and become a fraternity.
Everyone on a pickleball court is socially equal at least most of the time. Experience wise equipment wise ability wise maybe not but socially equal. Rewarding to see people having fun, ignoring there various physical conditions yelling and laughing as there game improves and they make amazing shots. I see people including myself plan holidays and trips south just to play pickleball. This game is a very reasonably priced form of entertainment so it includes a broader range of people you come in contact with and interact with.
Most of your questions above are very intuitive:
- Is there balance between pickleball and your personal life… No
- Do you find yourself talking pickleball all the time… Yes
- Have you developed a way of explaining pickleball to everyone… Yes
- Is it a secret society you believe everyone should join… Yes
- Does it affect your personal relationships everyday… Yes
See other responses to our question