I was recently playing with some of my friends the other day. It was a typical quiet Sunday morning. After I made some extremely sugary waffles for the kids, I cleaned up and headed out to play. The waffles I make on Sunday mornings are a made to order type of breakfast. They are composed of all sorts of toppings from butter and syrup to chocolate chips, chocolate syrup, even whipped cream. The kids love it. Wifey….maybe not as much since I am leaving before the sugar high kicks in.
I arrived at the indoor pickleball facility with minutes to spare and immediately started warming up with some of my friends. We dinked around, hit some thirds, and then started. The usual banter is always part of our games. We enjoy it and laugh it off. I love this type of pickleball. The games are very competitive too. However, I would be lying if I said I cared about who won or lost. Deep down, forget about the score, these are good people I consider friends. As I was playing the next couple of games, I realized they're more than friends. These are PROFESSIONALS.
I started asking a very random question (nothing out of the ordinary for people that know me) to all of them. “Hey, what do you do?” “What do I do about what!?” they exclaimed. “What is your job, what do you do to put food on the table, for your family, for you, your day to day life away from pickleball?” If anything they were surprised, but receptive to my question. In fact, they embraced it. They all laughed when I said, “You see! You are pros!” The VP of Real estate Finance, VP-Commercial Banking, Sports Director and Certified Physical Trainer, Roofing Contractor, Food Service driver, Teacher, Surgeon, Police Officer, Forklift Driver. All of these Professionals play pickleball away from work. These are pros that make up this amazing game. They also make up the pickleball communities and cities that thrive across the nation. Think about it. What would a great city or town be without the teachers, police officers, surgeons saving lives? In the retirement areas where pickleball is very prevalent, there are retired pros! This type of diversity is everywhere among the pickleball courts. I guarantee it. Check it out!