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Sori's Story: Facing Your Fears

From dissecting a loss to facing her fears, get to know Sorana Cirstea a little better in her blog - and what did she learn in the third grade that came in handy at Indian Wells? Find out right here...

Published March 12, 2013 12:00

Sorana Cirstea

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Hello hello....

I'm writing this post from my balcony, still in Indian Wells... I've finished all my training, gym and recovery for the day, and since I have a little bit of time till dinner, let's write something. But just a quick note before we start: I'm very hungry, so if I don't make a lot of sense today, I promise it's not me, it's the hunger that isn't letting me think clearly anymore! I only see sushi and sashimi in front of me... out of the last seven dinners, probably six of them I've had Japanese food, so if I get raw food intoxication later, remind me not to complain...

Let's first get through the painful stuff so then I can get to the fun things I know you guys enjoy much more... I lost a tough match 6-4 in the third against Aga Radwanska on Sunday. I played a good one, a little up and down but overall it was a positive match. It doesn't matter if you lose an easy one or a tough one, I think they all hurt almost the same. Aga is probably the player with the best anticipation and the best feel for the court, and the reason she won is because she was better than me in the important moments. You don't have to be Einstein to figure that out, so all credit to her, she deserved the win... but the thing that makes me happy is that this year I've played better from tournament to tournament and I think everyone can see that. Lately I've been putting my head down and working hard day in, day out, and things are looking good. I've learned that in tennis, if you want to be better, you have to follow certain steps. It's about constant progress and work. You can't really get to the fourth floor if you don't get to the first, second and third, let's say. Some people take the stairs and it takes them longer, others take the elevator... but it's the same concept!!!

I wish I knew then what I know now, but don't we all say this??!! Sometimes we learn something new about the past that changes everything we know about the present. So now I've tried to simplify things and my only goal when I wake up in the morning is to be a little better than I was yesterday - that's it, no more, no less....

I know the way I'm expressing myself makes me sound like a very positive person who sees the world all pinky and bubbly... but as everyone else, I do have my dark and twisted moments. But I am getting better in controlling those. I've realized that it's my choice the way I wanna feel... and yes I've made a choice and decided to see the best in people and things before anything else...

Another thing that helped me lately has been to face my fears.... I will not manage to get better if I don't get out of my comfort zone and deal with my fears... last year in September I did my first skydive jump - people asked me why??? My answer was "because I was afraid of it" and everyone looked at me like I was crazy... but aren't we all a little crazy in our own way??? And maybe we have to get a little messed up before we can step up :)))

Phewwww this blog is turning out too serious, so let's talk about something else before I make anyone else crazy....

We had an earthquake yesterday morning and it was not a huge one, it was 5.2 or something like this, but still everything started to shake and move like in a Shakira video!!!!!! What I remember is that when I was in the third grade in school we had big earthquake training because they were expecting a huge one in Romania. So what they taught us is as soon as the ground starts shaking, hide underneath a table or something solid, or stay close to walls and large pillars... and since I was always paying attention in school, as soon as the room started moving here I went under the desk. Thank God I was alone in the room and no one saw me because I would have been a little embarrassed...

And now as a last subject I will talk about my love for "Grey's Anatomy"... I'm addicted to this series, so much that sometimes I wish I was a doctor. I find it amazing what those guys can do and I know it's only a TV show but still I find it awesome and so well written... plus they have the best quotes ever... I'm currently on Season 6 and they have nine of them, so I'm happy I still have a while to go... ahhh and they have some of the most interesting episode names like "Drowning On Dry Land", "My Favorite Mistake", "Give Peace A Chance", "Staring At The Sun" and many more... and I've just read that all of these titles are actually names of the songs... soooooo cool....

Back to sushi and sashimi now....



Sorana Cirstea

Sorana Cirstea

Sorana Cirstea

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