My son, like most young children, runs everywhere. He runs to get a glass of juice, runs to his room because he forgot his socks, runs up the driveway of his grandmother's house, runs in the park and runs to fetch the ball he just hit in a toss up to himself.
Running is a child's purest expression of taking life head on. They run to whatever is front of them because they can't wait for what's next. They can't wait for life and they don't because they move towards life instead of letting life come to them.
My son's favorite sports mostly revolve around running such as soccer, tennis and flag football. Most recess and playground activities are based on running and skating and biking are basically mutations of running. Golf is tough for my kids.
Watch most kids getting off a school bus and if they're alone, they'll run to their front door. Sometimes the weight of their backpack slows them down or discourages them from running, both literally and metaphorically.
"Walk, don't run!" is an admonishment most adults deliver to their kids, often with more vigor than is needed. It comes gutturally from their heart and not in a good way because it's them saying, "Be careful about running, life can burn you." A child running in a parking lot is most parent's worst nightmare.
Adult sports minimize running, like golf which is basically the polar negative of running and optimizes all of its parameters to prevent running. Basketball and tennis seek to contain running into short controlled runs to quickly achieve a specific goal such as making jumpshot or retrieving a drop shot and this all done strictly within defined lines.
Even when they do run most casual adult runners will run in a controlled environment such as a track, designated running trail, treadmill, sidewalk or road. Usually everything is timed, mapped, measured, marked and planned. All conditions are prepped, from the tying of the shoelaces to the checking of the weather. The time of day to run is strictly scheduled. Free running through the woods is rare.
When is that magical moment 'growing up' when we actually stop running?
Maybe we stop running to look more mature. Adults run very little, yet they typically have higher status positions in society and enjoy more respect. Young people who want to be taken seriously may try to look more like them.
Or it could be that an adult who's running is looked and pointed at, unless he/she wears running clothes and runs in a park or something. Sometimes I feel the urge to run but don't because it'd make me look strange.
When is that moment? Hmm I'd guess when kids leave primary school and change to secondary school they run a lot less.
I had friend in college who ran to all his classes and, in fact, ran pretty much everywhere there was a street or sidewalk. He looked strange and childlike!
It's interesting to think when an adult runs in regular clothes or for no particular reason, he or she will look strange. It may even be alarming. People will think something is wrong. Why would an adult be running? Is someone hurt?
It shows how ingrained anti running is into adult culture.
Is it really that important to call doctors "doctors"?
It is one of the few professions where we regularly address the person by a formal title, outside of various religious and governmental posts (which are equally ridiculous, in my opinion). We don't call someone Lawyer Bernstein or Accountant O'flanagan.
Sometimes we try saying Nurse So-and-So, but somehow even that never really caught on, not since that nurse on the original Star Trek, Nurse...what's her name. See? Even that didn't really catch on. BTW, "Bones"-now that's a real doctor's name!
This is a form of propping up the self esteem of physicians. Physicians like to and need to believe they are special and society also wants to believe they're special. Our health and bodies are sacred and arguably our most valuable possessions so its comforting to think someone special is taking care of them, someone with a magical title.
As the UK football season draws to a close, a lot of advantage players worry that the next few months will be quiet ones in the sports world. Thats because 80% of sports advantage players make 90% of their wagers on soccer markets. Infact there is almost always a major sporting event running, creating value opportunities for the more diverse player.
This summer we'll see the Brazil World Cup, which should keep the football bettors busy throughout June, but we have to wait until September before the major European leagues get started again. Since becoming a full time gambler, I've found I have diversified the sports I wager on far beyond football. For example, I spent most of this morning creating a book for the Golf Players Championship which will take place this weekend. Then theres the snooker which has just finished, and several great tennis tournaments over the summer months. Add to this baseball, american football, ice hockey, and theres more than enough value to keep us ticking whilst our domestic teams take a rest.
This is another example of why it's important to continue to cast our nets wider than we find comfortable. Discovering opportunities in new sports is difficult, time consuming, and risky. However once you have established where the value presents itself and what the rule differences are between books, it's just another angle to add to your armoury.
I'm still negative for the month at the moment, but came very close to poking my head back into the green earlier today. Unfortunately this was followed by another bad variance swing, but at least we're only in 3 figure numbers again now (just). Hopefully we'll be out of this soon and back on track.