Let me introduce you to my love.
We met around 19 years ago (yeah that’s long). It was not love at first sight. In fact, initially, we had a very complicated relationship. We would meet once a day for around 2 hours, but never really got along well. But my parents insisted that we meet more often and get to know each other better.
I agreed. She had no choice.
As the days went by and we got to know each other better, we realized that how different we were. I was soft and shy, and she was full of life and thrill.
Despite the differences, we felt a strange connection that got us together every single day. As I discovered more of her, I felt attracted to her each day.
But, I had some issues with her, she demanded loyalty, commitment and long hours, long long hours with me.
Interestingly, I was not sure if I was ready for this commitment.
And then one fine day something happened. She introduced me to a whole new world. Suddenly, my name was associated with her. People wanted to talk to me, meet me, play with me, because I was her. They even started taking pictures with me, taping me and writing about me.
I was getting to know her better and be the best of her, and in the process, I became a local name.
She took me to places, around the world. More than 40 countries.
She introduced me to some amazing people whom I now call family.
She inculcated a sense of discipline, perseverance, hard work, positivity and passion in me.
There were times when we didn’t get along well, actually a few years. Those were brutal. But we grew out of it. I am glad. Because, she made me who I am today. Our struggles only strengthened our relationship.
She became my identity.
In 2008, she took me to the rings, a place many can only dream of.
She gave me a whole new life.
Together, we make a wonderful team. And we will continue to cultivate our relationship, in different ways, in the future.
She is my game, my sport that people associate with me.
She is : TABLE TENNIS.
And she is my WOW:
“Hi I am Neha Aggarwal, former Olympic Table Tennis Athlete from India”
I will carry her with me, forever!