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Do We Spend Too Much Time Chasing Balls?

Updated on May 19, 2018
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Linda (Kaywood) Bilyeu is a self-published author. Her books are available on Amazon. She writes from the heart—there is no other way.

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Have you truly ever considered how much time we spend chasing balls? No matter the size, shape or color, we must always go out of our way to retrieve them.

I'm referring to sports balls. My apologies if you feel you were misled, but this is a serious matter!

When the first ball was produced did the creator consider this issue? Did they consider how much time we would waste running after those balls? I'm thinking they didn't consider our unproductive moments of huffing and puffing and running after balls.

Did the manufacturer think - maybe I should attach something to the balls so that they come right back to the owner? Now, that would have been a genius idea! I reckon he didn't have the balls to be more clever.

I'm thinking the inventor preferred to chase balls, hence the reason we continue to chase them after all these years. But oh the memories that we are making.

Will We Ever Stop Chasing Balls?

From the time we are toddlers until adulthood we are all constantly chasing balls. How did this happen?

How did we allow balls of assorted dimensions to consume our time by having us constantly running after them?

Whether trying to hit them, grab them, shoot them, bounce them, kick them they always have our attention and we keep coming back for more.

Are we going to allow ourselves to be tortured by them? We probably are because as humans we enjoy the thrill of the chase. Well, animals do enjoy it too.

How many of us swear at the balls because they didn't do what was required of them and we had to sprint after them once again? Why can't there be an easier way?

Did you ever stop and consider how many hours you've spent trying to retrieve a ball? Depending on your age and the time you have spent playing with balls that could add up to a hefty amount of time. Did you ever consider the other things you could have accomplished during this period.

Does the satisfaction of chasing and retrieving the balls outweigh the wasted time? It doesn't matter which sport you play those balls have the upper hand. Whether you're a lefty or a righty they demand your attention and they always win!

Keep Your Eyes on the Ball

Whether we are rookies or professionals when we play we like to be good, but prefer to be the best. I for one enjoy it more when the balls do as I command and I don't have to run all over the place chasing it.

How many of us have literally stared at the balls while they were in motion and prayed or hoped for them to do the right thing?

When it did we cheered, when it didn't we booed! It's really not the balls fault, but we blame them anyway, we yell at them like they actually understand us!

I feel for balls. We expect so much from them. They are our best friends until they fail us and then we detest them. If they were just a bit more consistent the relationship would be so much more fulfilling.

Balls bring us countless hours of pleasure. When I think of the many times I've spent chasing them I truly don't mind, but I still think there must be a better way to control them.

Maybe if we attach a cord to balls so whenever we need them retrieved we just yank the cord and presto they're back in our hands.

I understand that would cut out some of the beneficial cardio exercise from the game, which we could all use but, oh well. As long as we use less time chasing and more time actually participating the problem would be solved.

Supposedly practice makes perfect, I guess I just need more practice and to stop focusing on perfection. I mean it is just a game and it's all about having fun, right?

So let the games begin and we'll keep on chasing until someone creates a better plan for us. In the meanwhile I'll just keep on enjoying balls and shouting it's going, going, it's gone!

Do You Like To Chase Balls?

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© 2011 Linda Bilyeu


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    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Josh3418 ~ JanineHuldie ~ remaniki ~ Cogerson ~ Docmo~ Jools99 ~ Mary615 ~ Rcrumple ~ Melchi ~ Jenbeach21.

      Thank you for stopping by and visiting this classic hub! I hope you learned a few pointers about what you should and shouldn't do with balls! :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 

      8 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      We kick them, we smack them around, we call them "stupid" when we don't catch them. Shame, we really do give them a hard time. I'll try to have some more respect for them in future. Hehe. Great hub Linda!

      Really enjoyed this one :)

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      Mary Hyatt 

      8 years ago from Florida

      This was a fun read. I loved the videos, too. I would think my dog Baby would get tired of chasing her tennis balls but she never does!

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      Mohan Kumar 

      8 years ago from UK

      You have an ability to bring out the true and the funny at the same time! I too am surrounded by people who spend far too much time chasing balls. My heart, like yours, goes out to 'em balls. small ones, big ones, round ones, elliptical ones and o f course the poor squashed ones that have lost all air. I am glad you feel for balls. You care.

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      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Love the videos at the end! Very funny and voted up.

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      8 years ago from Kentucky

      You are the queen of innuendos! Anything else I say is only going to get me in trouble, besides "Great Job!" Loved it!

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      8 years ago from Virginia

      It is very scary that it has been 15 months since I commented on this hub the first seems like yesterday versus...June of 2011....where does the time go? Your hub is more fun reading the second it is getting more votes up and across the board.

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      Jools Hogg 

      8 years ago from North-East UK

      Only you could get away with starting a paragraph with 'I feel for balls'...You are so naughty but I enjoyed this hub because of it :o)

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      Rema T V 

      8 years ago from Chennai, India

      This was real fun time Linda. Enjoyed thoroughly both the hub and the videos. Great hub! Cheers, Rema.

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      Janine Huldie 

      8 years ago from New York, New York

      Linda, seriously you nailed this one and never would have thought of writing a hub article on chasing balls, but not only to you write this article, which is hysterical, you also included some the funniest videos too! Thank you for the much needed laugh after a bit of a hectic morning. Have of coursed voted, shared and tweeted too!!

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      Joshua Zerbini 

      8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      BAHAHA, who knew someone could write a hub on chasing balls and make it funny! LOL Loved it Linda! I loved the title and your disclaimer in the beginning. And the videos were priceless! Thanks linda for the laughs! :)

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Audrey! Yes we do love to play!:)

      Hi Marcy! Thank you for your comment!

      Oh Nell, you are so funny!! You make my days even sunnier!!:)

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Great read, and yes you asked for it! (see facebook remark!)

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      9 years ago from Planet Earth

      I love these points! I've often thought the same thing - thanks for the fun read!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      I think this just goes to show you that we all love to play!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      9 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you for your fun, bouncy comments PDX, Audrey, Sally, Aya, MsDora and Sunnie LOL!!

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      Sunnie Day 

      9 years ago

      FUn Hub Sunshine, I like the tennis balls as Tennis is my game of choice involving balls and the dogs love them...oh yes and a soft ball..the hard ones Thanks for sharing..


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      Dora Weithers 

      9 years ago from The Caribbean

      Creative and interesting! My initial love for my big, shiny, red ball turned into hurt because whenever I bent over to pick it up, my side hurt. It was appendicitis, not the ball, but how was I to know? I was only four.

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      Aya Katz 

      9 years ago from The Ozarks

      I was never a big fan of balls. Rated up!

    • Sally's Trove profile image


      9 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Super Hub! Loved the videos and enjoyed a wonderful belly laugh or two. This all confirms my humble opinion: balls are highly overrated. :)

    • AudreyHowitt profile image

      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      I must say, my dog loves, loves, loves balls! She doesn't always bring the balls back--so I get to retrieve them!

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      Justin W Price 

      9 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      i've got big balls, he;s got big balls, she's got big balls...but we've got the biggest balls of them all.

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      9 years ago from Orlando, FL

      This is a serious issue! Something needs to be done about all the ball chasing...just this morning I spent half the time on the court chasing them. Ugh! LOL Thank you money, Tammy and Epi! :)

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      9 years ago

      ....personally speaking I love chasing you dear Linda

      and you can see for yourself on my Facebook page with this posting that I would bounce my ball for you ...anyday!!!!

      lake erie time ontario canada 2:29pm

      A sincere and warm wish for your continued health and happiness into the new year and thank you for all that you do for 'us' here at hub hoppers - it is most appreciated!

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      9 years ago from North Carolina

      You had me at the title.. OMG.. :) I chased a lot of balls in my younger days but as I got older I decided not to do it anymore. Now I make them chase me.. LOL.. A great chuckle and a great read.. :)

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      9 years ago from JABALPUR

      really serious matter..even videos were also assisting the cause.

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      9 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'm glad you enjoyed it ghome! Thanks for the you back. I'll look more into using the stability ball for the right reasons :)

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      9 years ago from Chicago,IL

      Funny stuff, I love the video. Chasing balls is definately a big chunck of peoples lifes.

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      9 years ago from Virginia

      Very well done Sunshine.....lots of funny videos you have collected. I think the fascination with balls comes early....our just turned 2 year old does not know many words yet.....but ball was mastered months ago....very funny and interesting hub....great job

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      9 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Tassie...Thank you for sharing the memories of your precious pet. I've had dogs but they always ran from balls, never played with them...your four legged friend must have been so much fun.

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      9 years ago from Malaysia

      Well, that's life. No ball chasing, life becomes dull.

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      Tassie Devil 

      9 years ago

      Not to mention the balls that our four legged friends seem to LOVE to chase...and retrieve...and slobber over...and chew to bits...and in the end, as in my case, get laid to rest with....her favourite ball in her little arms, never to be played with again :'(

      As usual Sunshine a beautifully written piece. Always good to read your hubs. Thank you :-)

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      9 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Yes we do, no matter the type of ball they bring us all enjoyment. I play basketball and raquetball and I'm always chasing balls! Ugh! Thank you as always :))

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      Fay Paxton 

      9 years ago

      Yes Sunshine, men and women alike seem to love balls. Great videos. Thanks for the laugh.

      up and funny


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