Friday, May 14, 2021


Coach Wayne’s Corner

I have reached a point in my life, where I can now officially be referred to as a sexagenarian!

While the spelling of the word would jokingly appear to present an image of a “wild and crazy guy,” the truth is that as we mature, the aspects of our lives change, and a major part of those changes include our daily schedule/routine.

I myself have reached a point where both my family life and my career life are now in a different mode from what they once were.

As is the case with me, most of us who can now be referred to as sexagenarians, our kids are now grown and off at college, or they have already graduated and are growing a career and a family of their own.

Some of us are still married and some of us are now single.

Some of us may be partially retired, some of us may be fully retired and some of us are still working full time.

Whatever combination of the above mentioned facts of life we may individually find ourselves in, the physical, mental and emotional aspects of life have changed from what they once were.

In addition to that, for some of us, the demographic and logistical aspects of our lives have also changed.

Because of all of this, our daily routines and the timeframe of responsibilities must be reconfigured.

We are now up to bat in a new inning of life and we are having to step up to the plate and swing at the pitches which are now being thrown at us.

For me, personally, as a single person, still working full time, I thrive on staying busy.

I just don’t think I could ever be happy not experiencing the feeling I get from having some type of a daily challenge to conquer and the eventual satisfaction of accomplishment.

As many of my readers know, I spent most of my working life/career as a professional tennis instructor. Eight years ago, I discovered the sport of pickleball and realized it was a perfect opportunity to adapt and reinvent myself, utilizing my preexisting teaching and management skills and converting them from tennis to pickleball.

As many of my readers also know, I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to re-invent myself utilizing my management and teaching skills from both tennis and pickleball and applying them to an entire new career as a laser technician at Lenkbar Surgical Solutions.

All of this reinventing myself was occurring during a period of time in which my life was making a transition from the full time daily co-responsibilities of working at my career and parenting to having two full-time careers.

While I am still a parent/dad and I will always be there for my kids, I now no longer have the full time daily responsibilities of parenting.

As I have already said, I thrive on staying busy!

The daily time required of my schedule/routine, which used to be devoted to parenting, has been replaced with my devotion to my careers.

I have adapted.

I feel this attitude of staying busy is vital to successfully dealing with/competing against the natural processes and progressions of aging.

Don’t ever allow or permit yourself to NOT have some form of daily responsibility of challenge and accomplishment in your life. Figure out whatever works best for you to remain challenged on a daily basis; adapt, and apply it to your way of life.

I have spent my entire life looking at everything from a competitive sports point of view. As a sexagenarian, I am taking an attitude of battling it out in the longest five set match of my life!

Wayne Clark is a professional tennis instructor with over 25 years experience coaching players on all levels of the game. Wayne is also qualified in pickleball instruction and is on staff as an instructor with The Pickleball Academy of Southwest Florida at East Naples Community Park. Contact Coach Wayne by email at, or by phone or text at 239-450-6161.

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