They say that if you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito. I think the same goes for the youth of the world. We are often told the older, the wiser. But does knowledge only come with age, and why is credibility repeatedly measured by it? First, we should ask ourselves, what is wisdom? Wisdom defined is, “the soundness of an action or decision about the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgement”. I believe that wisdom is not just a question of time and age, but of perspective, awareness, personal background and more. Knowledge comes from experience and wisdom comes from challenging yourself in unfamiliar circumstances. With this blog, I want to share my knowledge and bring my perspective to the game of basketball. I’ve been blessed to be around some very wise people who have taught me many lessons and have helped me grow in all areas of life. I believe every experience and perspective is worth hearing and important to present the youth opportunities to share those stories with people of all ages.
Basketball is the sport I play, coach, and love. It has taught me so much about life, preparing me for the real world in ways a classroom cannot cover. Because of basketball, I know the value of time management, what it takes to work within a diverse team, and most importantly, striving to be your best every day, despite the highs and lows that are inevitable. Furthermore, basketball has taught me hard work. It has given me a consistent support system through good and bad times. It has taught me how to trust better, love better, learn from mistakes, be vulnerable, be self-aware, and most importantly, to understand and embrace who I am as a person. I like to believe that the coaches I’ve been fortunate enough to cross paths with during my career have been challenged by me one way or another. Why do I believe this? Well, those stories might be too embarrassing to share, but many coaches will tell you they learn just as much from their players as they do from fellow coaches and guess what… those are the successful ones. I created this blog with a purpose of bringing about the athlete’s perspective of how we see and go about things. This will be a platform to express and share our experiences and thoughts. Join the conversation and become a part of changing the way the youth is perceived through The Athletes Way Of Thinking!
– Chantel Osahor