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I have inherited a lot from my Mom and my Grandma, but there is one thing that I’m really proud to have had passed down to me. I don’t mean my excellent dance moves or knack for party planning (which we also share), but my love for the game of tennis. I started playing tennis when I was 7 and took a liking to it immediately, riding that passion through middle school travel teams, competitive high school tournaments, and through college on a slightly more “party-friendly” club team. And while tennis put me in some of the best shape I’ve ever been in during those years, I like to think my mind got the real workout. During a match, you may have a bleacher full of teammates cheering you on, but on the court it’s just you and your opponent. Whatever doubts you have at that moment about whether your second serve is going to be “on” that day or whether your opponent looks like she could kick your butt due to the fierce all-Nike outfit she’s rocking, it’s up to you to convince yourself you can win.
Unfortunately, nowadays my game is a bit rustier than I’d like it to be, hitting the court when I can find an opponent, whether it be my Mom, my Brother, or my 90-year-old Gram (who still has a mean drop-shot). Over the years, though, I’ve realized how much the game of tennis is so relatable to everyday life.
Mikah Torres - @mikahjupiter
It all started in the autumn of 1996. I came home to a Nintendo 64 and I’ve never looked back. Ever since then, I’ve been through every generation of Nintendo consoles as well as a good handful of PlayStation ones. I think at some point my family and friends expected me to grow out of video games, but it just never happened. Fast forward to now, and I’d still rather spend 8 hours of my Sunday deciding who should marry whom in Fire Emblem: Awakening than go to brunch or the farmer’s market. And I LOVE brunch.
On top of reaping the usual benefits associated with playing video games (hand-eye coordination, decision-making skills, childhood obesity), I also find that video games can become a medium through which the choices I make in-game express the person I am IRL. For example, I never played the main story in Skyrim and instead ran off to go to Mage school, and I’ll always play a Healer in a party because I’m good at telling when people need help (strength #5) and also because I’m a terrible DPS and tank.
Alex Huggins - @JAHuggins93
I honestly was never into music… until I moved to Austin in 2013. This is where I discovered a love of helping put on music festivals. You cannot go a day without hearing people try to name drop which local band they “discovered” last night. Yes, Austin is the hipster-ego-centric little brother to Portland, but the title “Live Music Capital of the World,” is not too far off from the truth.
Working festivals is such a unique experience. No two festivals are the same, but the reason I fell in love with festivals is the experiences they create for people and the feeling I get when I realize I helped create memories that people will take on for the rest of their lives. It is super cheesy, but I love that feeling. Festivals are something that everyone, at any level, can be proud about creating. The greatest feeling is during the show when you have a chance to look at the attendees, and all you see is a full crowd of smiling faces. Nothing feels better than that moment. All of the work, all of the long nights, all of the stress feels resolved in those few seconds.