No, I don’t play basketball and here’s why!: An open letter

To Whom it May Concern:
You may not have realized, but you are not the first person to ask me if I play basketball. If I could put a number on it, you would probably be the 999,999th person to ask me that. And as you might’ve guessed after 999,998 people asking me the same question it gets slightly annoying so I apologize for my death glare. I noticed that you looked like you were offended when I said I didn’t play basketball. Please don’t take it personally, my decision has nothing to do with you. And since you asked me when I was on my way to work, I did not have time to tell you why. So I am writing this letter to explain.

Firstly, I have not the talent nor the desire to play basketball. Logic serves that if I had the desire, I could practice and get better. But it is highly unlikely that I will get good enough to play professionally. Which brings me to my next point.

You exclaim that I should play basketball so I can “make that money”. Do you know the odds of becoming a professional basketball player, let alone a female professional basketball player? Surely you must not. Well, let me tell you. 32 out of every 127,000 female high school seniors will be drafted to the WNBA when they get out of college. And these 32 women have to be super-good, the best of the best to make it. Which I am not.

And you might not know that just because I am tall does not mean that I play basketball. I know that must blow your mind but keep it together I’m not finished yet. Let me fill you in on a little secret, I would much rather be doing something that I love than to do something that I not interested in on the off chance that I might make lots of money or because everyone thinks I should.

This is probably more than you wanted to know, but you asked so there you go. I hope this has answered all your questions as I will not repeat myself. Share this with all your friends because I’m sure I will be less than cordial the next time someone asks me.

A fair warning,


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