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People seek escape through various means Some find it in music others through the filter of a cigarette When I find myself weighed down by the pressure of daily life I too have a means of relaxation My solace is found in a rectangular enclosure between two spheres perched upon 10-foot poles daring me to meet them on their level When I step on a basketball court my consciousness allows me to forget all my tribulations Playing the sport I love allows me the opportunity to connect with my inner self in its primal form allowing me to sweat and work my way through emotional problems and giving insight into myself that wouldnt have been gained otherwise My relationship with basketball entailed as many valleys as it did peaks When I first played the sport it was with my elder friends when I lived in Cote-St-Catherine a relatively poor area of Montreal At that time with both my parents at work for most of the day I sought refuge from the stress I would be under from being one of the only people who could not speak French in my French school After getting off the school bus it would be a daily routine for me to drop my books off at home and head straight to the basketball court a short walk from my house Generally my friends would be there before I would since they went to a closer school and I would usually arrive to find them about to make teams Once we were divided we would throw ourselves into the game without any further talk At that time my friends and I being from the same economic situation could not easily afford things like Nintendo and Sega Genesis Fortunately for us we didnt particularly care Basketballs could be obtained for 25 almost anywhere and we werent overly picky if they were obtained in other less preferred methods All it took
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