Thursday, December 01, 2005
The sell-by date
Jai Arjun Singh makes his debut on Different Strokes with a fine rumination on "The graph of a cricketer’s life." He writes, on sportspeople:
They spend much of their early lives fine-tuning the qualities of body and mind that will take them to the zenith of their profession. These qualities are then showcased on an international arena for a few years, they learn everything there is to learn about celebrity and adulation in that period...and then, one day, it’s over. They are no longer good enough to do the thing that has (in most cases) been an obsession since childhood.Quite. Though one day, it must be noted, the mind dims too, like the body did. How can one leave a piece of it behind? Blog!
There’s something so scary about this. I’m a journalist, a profession that requires a certain set of skills - a talent for interviewing, reportage, writing and so on - and I keep trying to improve on these. I can’t imagine what it would feel like to be told that these abilities have a sell-by date: that in 10 years from now, or even 5, I won’t be able to exercise them in a competitive arena.