How to Keep Up with the Sporting Abilities of Your Husband


Ever since the days of ancient Greece, athletes have been considered demigods, and their biceps often bring them more money and success than a Cambridge honors degree. People are always a little distrustful of an intellectual, never of a great sportsman. There is, however, a whole category of sportsmen who are difficult to live with if you haven’t exactly the same tastes and abilities as they. The frontier separating the pleasant, relaxed, contented sportsmen from the fanatics is situated exactly halfway between those who enjoy indulging in outdoor exercise and those who want to win a medal. It is possible to live with the first, but you are a slave to the competitions of the second. To take just one example from among all the different sports: there is nothing more heady and romantic than a promenade for two on skis over the virgin snow away from the beaten track, taking time to admire the extraordinary beauty and silence of the landscape and stopping to share a sandwich on a tree trunk in the sunshine. And nothing is more boring than to ski down the same icy track ten times in succession in the midst of a noisy crowd in order to improve one’s time by a few tenths of a second. As for walking, will you please tell me what pleasure remains when a stroll becomes a marathon?

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But to return to our daily life and to the place that athletes can hold in it, it is certain that you must be able to keep up with the sporting abilities of your husband if you want to share his leisure pastimes and his pleasure, and that you should never marry a camper if you suffer from hay fever.

It seems to me that a lady champion who falls in love with a boy who has no talent for sports should love him enough to forget her own records if she does not want to end up in last place in the race for happiness.

There also exists another category of athletes, less risky but slightly comical: the armchair athletes, champions of television-watching. They obviously prevent you from seeing the programmer that interests you, but you need only emit a grunt every fifteen minutes or so in order to give the impression that you are following the event with breathless interest.

Needless to say, all this advice is addressed exclusively to women who, like me, are bored to death by Sports with a capital S.

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About the Author: Roberta Southworth is a psychiatrist by profession. She likes to help out people by writing informative tips on how people can to solve their family and relationship issues. She is currently staying in Ireland. She has 5 years of couple counseling experience.

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