La jocurile Simonei Halep, nimic nu e cu jumatati de masura. Nici pe teren, dar nici in fata televizorului, acolo unde tip, strig, o incurajez, lacrimez si mai si injur, din cand in cand. Si, daca stau sa ma gandesc bine, cam asa face si ea: cand joaca, joaca, cand se descurajeaza ei bine, si asta se vede, si, Doamne, cat de frumoase sunt toate aceste inlantuiri de stari pe care, unii, azi, le blameaza atat de mult.
Simona Halep e de-a noastra. Nu doar pentru ca este romanca, ci pentru ca ea e “crescuta si traita” ca noi. Cu mult bun simt, cu “rusine”, cu mentalitatea aia ca “da, esti talentat, dar, stii, sunt o groaza mai buni decat tine”, cu “poti, dar nu poti suficient de mult”. Si da, toate astea sunt aspecte care trebuie rezolvate, lasate undeva in urma si uitate aproape total.
De ce spun aproape total? Poate ca nu ne dam seama, dar in jocul Simonei si, probabil, si in viata noastra, tot “balastul” asta are frumusetea lui. El ii da si ne da farmec, frumusete, el modeleaza reusita aia intr-un mod cu totul diferit de succesul unui sportiv/om super increzator in fortele proprii care, cel putin aparent, nu a avut nicio indoiala niciodata.
De cate ori joaca, Simona Halep ne mai serveste o lectie de viata: ca, oricat de multe esecuri am avea, asta nu inseamna ca “nu a fost sa fie” sau ca trebuie sa ne indreptam atentia spre altceva. Inseamna doar ca trebuie sa ne ridicam si sa rezistam inca putin, sa mai credem inca putin. Pentru ca doar astfel lucrurile incep sa se schimbe, iar tot amalgamul asta de stari are mai mult farmec si mai multa putere decat “Fuck it! I’m a winner, I can do it anytime with anyone” attitude.
P.S: E adevarat, Darren Cahill o ajuta foarte mult pe Simona, insa cred ca abordarea asta a lui psihologica e putin diferita, cred ca o adapteaza modului (unic) in care este Simona si mai cred, contrar a ceea ce spun multi, ca contributia lui nu este doar de ordin psihologic, dar noi nu vedem ce se intampla la antrenamente, pe terenul de joc.
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EN: Every time she plays, Simona Halep serves us another life lesson
At Simona Halep’s games, nothing is halfway. Neither on court, nor in front of the TV where I scream, yell, encourage her, cry and, sometimes, I even swear. Actually, this is how Simona does it too: when she plays well, you can feel it, when she is sad, angry or annoyed by her game; you can feel it too at the same intensity or even more. And, God, how beautiful are these different moods and feelings that many blame so much.
Simona Halep is one of ours. Not only because she is Romanian, but also because she is raised and she lived like many of us did. With common sense, that shyness which is not always good for someone, with that mentality of “yes, you are talented, but, you know, there are a lot of other more talented people than you outthere”, with “you can do it, but not well enough”.
And yes, these all are issues that need to be solved, left somewhere behind and that need to be almost entirely forgotten.
Why almost? Even if we might not realize it, in Simona Halep’s play and, probably, in our life too, all this deadweight has its role, its meaning in its ugliness. It gives her and it also gives us magic, beauty, it can shape that success in a totally different way than of the success of a sportsman/person who was and is totally self-confident and who, at least apparently, never had a doubt about him or his work.
Every time she plays, Simona Halpe serves us an important life lesson: no matter how many failures we might have, if we are truly passionate about something, the failure does not mean “it wasn’t mean to be” or “we need to focus on a totally different thing”. It just means we need to stand up and hold on just a little bit more, to believe it, strongly or weaker, but to still believe for a little longer. Because only then things start to change and, maybe paradoxically, I truly believe this mixing of feelings that are not shaped on the American mentality is more powerful and more beautiful than “Fuck it! I’m a winner, anytime, anywhere! ” attitude.
P.S: It’s true, Darren Cahill helps a lot Simona Halep, but I think his psychological approach is a little bit different than “the classical view”. I think he shapes, adapts it on Simona’s unique personality (with all that deadweight included). I also believe, contrary on what many say, that Cahill’s contribution is not only psychological, but we don’t see what happens behind, at training and on court.
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