The majority of our family, on both sides, are major sports fans and their lives revolve around sports: coaching teams, taking their kids to and from sporting events, watching sports, cheerleading. I’ve always admired the discipline that they have when it comes to sports – it takes both physical and mental agility, ability, and passion to watch what you eat, to make sure your body gets enough rest, to get yourself to and from sporting events, near and far. I guess it could be said that we have a family of jocks. When they are all together and enjoying sports, I sit back and think, “I would love to really be a part of all that, why can’t I get into that?” It’s fun to watch the fam represent their teams too: A’s, Giants, 49ers, Raiders, Bears, Cowboys, Yankees…
Then I think some more, and I realize that my familia DOES have a sport. Our lives revolve around it, we take our kids to/from events, we watch it, we enjoy it, we cheer them on: our ‘sport’ is LA MUSICA. Music takes a different side of mental and physical agility, ability and passion. I’ve heard my Dad say, many times, that he cannot eat before a gig, as it doesn’t allow him to fully breathe to sing. I’ve watched my familia juggle travel time to and from gigs, loading equipment, rehearsing, the bus coming to the Ranch at 3,4,5 in the morning and STILL go to school and work. While there may no sports teams up in here, it’s all about artists, bands, musicians and everyone has their favorites!
I never had the patience to learn sports or play music. I do, however, have mad respect for those who do. It’s great to see the positive vibe that all sports has on our fam. Our sports familia works it in daylight hours from 9am-5pm for their events; the music fam works it evening hours from 9pm-5am LOL. I especially love to watch the ones who teach or coach … so many of my cousins coach and mentor their lil ones as well as have an effect on countless other kids via sports. So fun to watch Dad and siblings teach our lil ones how to play a cumbia, how to pronounce the words in Spanish before they sing the songs, and to see how incredibly accomplished my siblings are musically not to mention my nieces and nephews.
I guess that the way that I support both sides of my familia is the way that the majority of people do: as a FAN or by listening to music as I walk LOL. SUPPORT your family sport or hobby today, work it and enjoy it together!
Below are random pics of my familia enjoying their sport of choice!