Do you miss it? They asked.
Look at these guys. The smiles on their faces. The celebrations. They"re not for the trophy, you can tell, as a matter of fact, this is not even the winner"s trophy. This is the runner-up trophy. They aren"t happy because they came second (which they lost agonisingly on a penalty shootout), no one can be happy about that. It"s tough to put into words what they"re happy about, what made them smile. But there"s something in playing a sport, the bond that it leaves behind. A bond that makes you say a thousand things to your teammate without saying a word. They can see when you"ll play that through ball, they can see when you go for the tackle and when you should hold back but it doesn"t stop at that. They can see a lot more. 214 days after having shattered my ankle when I returned to my one true abode at IITD, I realised all that I had been missing.
This letter is basically to those who"ve been in a team long enough to bond with what I said above but luckily still have some days to spare with their team. Sports require discipline, courage, teamwork and a ton more fancy words but they change you in ways you"ll never know. You"ll only be able to see a fellow sportsperson and believe that you share a bond naturally.
Now this is for the Inter IIT contingent. Having been in a decent enough job for a few months now, I can still say that all I want is my days at IIT back. The biggest pain of the last semester was never being able to play for IITD again (good for IITD, though). And you"ll have that too someday but it"ll also be the greatest source of your happiness. Dream, fight, fail, fight again and achieve. And achieve you will, noobs make the error of measuring achievement in trophies. It"s in the small moments that come around trophies (or losing trophies). They are the moments you"ll always remember. And believe me, you"ll realise soon enough what really matters. For today, walking out to practice feels tough. Maybe Job sem, maybe some friend"s birthday, maybe tired from classes but there"s an attraction to the field. You play every single day and yet yearn to play today evening again. And then when you go the field, everyone else is there too. Despite all their problems/constraints, everyone else is there as well.
"Do you miss it?" They asked again
I smiled and while a montage of memories played in my head, I said "sometimes".
Aaj toh nahi,
Kal miss karoge isse
All the best and keep working hard!
Main aunga Madras!
Ishan Tyagi, General Secretary BSA (2016-17)