Naomi Osaka: Achieving peace of mind is a worthwhile goal

The importance of eeaching a place where one has peace of mind cannot be understated. And while many people intrinsically get that concept, they still manage to set up situations that make it difficult for a mindful context.

I want to highlight something big that happened in the sports world the past week. World No. 2 women’s tennis player Naomi Osaka was fined $15,000 for refusing yo speak yo the media after her first round win at French Open and was immediately threatened with expulsion from Grand Slam events. When asked why she didn’t want to talk to the media, she noted “The truth is that I have suffered long bouts of depression since the U.S. Open in 2018 and I have had a really hard time coping with that.”

If not speaking to the media affords her some peace of mind, then so be it. I am not too sure why we would need to, as a societu, force her to be subjected to a situation of extremem anxiety. She obviously can handle a certain amount of “work’ stress as she is the number two player in the world. However, it shouldn’t be that being good at your stressful job entitles others to lay on more stress and subject you to unacceptable anxieties.

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  1. Peace of mind looks different for each person, but I agree that finding it is worthwhile. When we’re young, I think many of us confuse drama and extreme emotion with “living” and we become accustomed to living in a state of excessive emotion, which is exhausting as we get older. I love having calm and peace of mind and lack of drama now in my 40s and I feel very at peace in my heart, which makes me happy. Lovely post.


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