Hey guys, sorry for the inactivity lately. I’ve been pretty busy this week with work and also I went to Chicago with my beautiful girlfriend for a two day vacation mid-week so this post will just be a quick life update blog post!
Alright first things first, Lacey and I went to Chicago Tuesday and came back Wednesday and while we were there we saw Hamilton on Broadway and MAN, it was amazing. I understand why it’s such a big deal now! It was hilarious, informative, thrilling, and charming all at the same time and not to mention, the music was INSANELY good. While we were in Chicago we walked an average of like 6 miles a day with our 20 pound backpacks on the whole time (I was sure I was going to have permanent bruises on my shoulders lol). Our train arrived on Tuesday around 12 and we couldn’t check in till 3 to our hotel so we walked a bunch. Then the next day check out of our hotel was at 11 and our train didn’t leave till 4. But it was a blast, I had a ton of fun walking around and just relaxing, taking pictures with Lacey and walking around the magnificent mile. Also, just a side note, trains are cheap, comfy(except for sleeping), and easy. Definitely worth the train ride.
Also, I met one of my favorite DND players (super nerdy but super cool) at Hamilton and he signed the pamphlet for me! I fangirled and Lacey didn’t even know who he was. Patrick Rothfuss if anyone wants to know. He is also an author.
As for the rest of life currently, Volleyball League is down to three teams, which is sad but okay. I missed Wednesday’s games due to Chicago but it was totally worth.
And if anyone cares I recently started watching the show Westworld which is pretty amazing and Lace and I saw a Westworld exhibit in Chicago as well! Pictures below! Thanks for reading!
Alright, short post. So recently, lack of motivation to go out and be active has struck quite a few times. Which is what no one ever wants to have, right? Wouldn’t it be nice and perfect to always want to go out and run, or go to the gym? Wouldn’t it be nice to just be motivated all the time?! No matter what you’re doing?? While since lack of motivation is a reoccurring thing in all people I’m sure, I have found a solid way to combat it… Use what inspires you. And I’m not just talking the basic answers to what inspires people: quotes, songs, etc. I’m talking use EVERYTHING. You have to be on the lookout for things that inspire you. You have to look far and wide and when you find something, you grasp it and you never let go. Look in the little things, the big things, the unexpected things. Look to the positive side of things and more positive will come out, with more motivation will follow. Find the movie that makes you want to hit the gym, the shirt that makes you feel good, inside and out, the hobby that just gives you so much joy that it’s hard to contain. Those are the types of things that keep you going, that give you motivation, that give you happiness. Because I believe that motivation is just the first car in your train to happiness, and when you finally connect it to the locomotive, everything else follows right behind it.
Today, I am going to be straying away from the volleyball theme and I will probably do it just a bit more often because not all people can relate to volleyball and enjoy reading about it, so in an attempt to draw new readers and make new friends, Im gonna try to make half my posts about volleyball and the other half about random topics that most people can relate to.
SO, recently I have found a group of guys that youtube together called…Yes Theory, ever heard of them? Because you should have. These guys have a slogan that is simply “Seek Discomfort”. Their whole brand and slogan is an attempt to bring them out of their comfort zone, make new friends, live an unforgettable life, and all while recording it and putting it up on youtube for the enjoyment of others. A brilliant idea if you ask me. Their whole philosophy is something that I have been trying to get myself to live more of lately and is something that hopefully I can actually live up to in the future and make part of my philosophy, because in the end, who doesn’t want an unforgettable life?
This blog post will be all about a spike. In volleyball a spike is when a player takes an approach towards a ball that is in mid air falling down, jumps up and hits the ball down towards the opponents side of the court. The ball is usually close to the net, if it isn’t within or close to the 3 meter line then its a really hard spike to hit (you’re crazy to try this) OR it’s a serve. Now, technique is EVERYTHING when it comes to volleyball. Of course, power and strength come in handy but technique is the number one part every player needs to be focusing on in my opinion. Everything in volleyball has a certain technique and BY FAR, the most beautiful looking technique is the spike/serving form. And I am here to tell you why!
This, is Matthew Anderson who plays for the USA Men’s National Team during every olympics since 2012 and was playing volleyball and winning competitions and awards even before that. M.A. in this picture is mid-serve. M.A. has a killer jump serve and often has amazing technique which leads to amazing power and grace. Another example is Wakatoshi Ushijima, a fictional character from the anime Haikyu. One of my personal favorite scenes from any show ever is from this match that the screenshot is taken from.
A volleyball spike/serve form is artistic in its own way. The way the players arms are set in the same form as…you got it, the Nike swoosh symbol. One of the most iconic and recognizable symbols in modern day and it’s for a reason. A players body when hitting a serve or a spike are usually rounded because of a lot of the power in such a hit actually comes from the abs and the rotation of the upper body but this also creates for a very artistic form because an imaginary rounded line can be drawn from the tip of the players toes all the way to the players hitting hand’s elbow. This imaginary line is know to lead the eye around the figure in a never ending loop. Famous artists and sculptors use this technique when making their masterpieces because of the same affect that leading lines have to a viewer. This form makes it look as if the person hitting the ball stops in mid air for a second. Such explosive power in a volleyball spike comes from this exact form and the technique of spike as a whole. Of course, the jump and swing aren’t the only thing that go into a swing, footing takes a role too.
A spike or serve are one coordinated effort by the whole body and mind to do one simple task to the best of its ability. Hit the ball. Hitting a volleyball isn’t as easy as everyone usually thinks but luckily, practice makes permanent.