I’m pretty lucky, all things considered.
Family health and a beautiful country to live in aside, I have a pretty neat (and unique) career. A couple weeks ago I opened up the small rink on a Thursday morning with my peewee team, shut it down at the end of the night after the Maidens of Mayhem hockey class and then opened it up again on Friday morning for another practice.
And now I’m writing about it.
American Thanksgiving has come and gone. We don’t leap to quite the same level of fever pitch as our southern neighbours, but when our big holidays roll around, I always seem to get caught looking back.
How ‘bout you?
Here are 3 things we should all be thinking about over the Christmas Break.
Now, normally I write these articles to a specific audience. Usually, parents of minor hockey players, recreational tennis players and fitness enthusiasts (or hopeful enthusiasts).
This question, however, appeals to everybody who plays, watches and/or cheers.
So, really ask yourself: what do you love about the game?
What do you love about your game?
Again, we’re talking hockey, tennis, fitness, cricket, basket-weaving or community theatre. Why do you commit your time and energy? Is the love you feel for the sport enough to bring you back after the break? What keeps you going when you get tired?
Self-improvement? Supporting your child’s dreams?
Every athlete wants to improve their skills and have a good time while they're at it.
…Honestly, I can’t really think of any reasons to go back to the game after Christmas other than the joy and excitement that comes with it.
But please, if you answered something along the lines of “well, he wants to make team X next season”, then stop. Concentrate on the current season. With healthy process comes healthy results.
As a taxi-driving parent, it’s easy to fall into the trap of feeling unappreciated.
Believe me, your kids appreciate you. Yeah, they might take you for granted, but it’s only because you’re the only true authority they’ve known their whole life.
Ask yourself when the last was that you thanked your parents for everything they’ve done for you. I know I rarely do, because all the conversations with my parents devolve into sarcastic jokes about how my peewee team could beat the Edmonton Oilers.
Also, it’s awkward thanking your parents. Isn’t it?
So, if you do feel under-appreciated, just make your kid cook dinner or something. Or tell them they’re on their own for the weekend.
That’ll learn ‘em!
The holidays are a beautiful time to get away from one life for a bit, but in that absence, your fondness for that life should return. You choose to live the way you live, so let’s be thankful for what we have.
…And thankful when we can ignore it for a wee bit.