It was incredibly exhilarating.
I specifically remember the sweat pouring off of me after a 2 or 3 hour playing session with some of my friends. Anything that I had going on in my mind was forgotten. How easy it was to be sixteen... seventeen years old...forgetting all of the things going on in my life.
Now, as an adult, when I feel overwhelmed, I think back to those days and just smile.
Oh, how "easy" it would be to "just" go out and shoot for 2 or 3 hours and "forget about all the things that I have to do." Not a chance... but listen to this:
This past weekend, there were so many positive things going on around me, it was just crazy. Don't get me wrong, I am not complaining about any of it, but as I sit here writing, haven't you ever just felt completely overwhelmed???... but yet you just keep going, and going, and going... like the "Little Engine That Could."
"I think I can, I think I can, I think I can..." is what I kept saying in my head.
Here's a breakdown of the last 4 days:
Friday: Getting up early to go to breakfast with the guys, pick up a friend from the car shop before school, teach, leave for a hockey game, watch my favorite team get pummeled (sitting in the 2nd row), getting home late, and then falling asleep dreaming of what's to come the next 3 days...
Saturday: Getting up to go paint, getting there and it being too windy, coming home to help with preparations for Graham's birthday party, dinner at the in-laws, coming home for the party, going to bed late, and then falling asleep dreaming of what's to come the next 2 days...
Sunday: Getting up early to go to a Division 1 Women's Basketball scrimmage (how exciting is THAT), taking my oldest son Tyler with me, refereeing the scrimmage (I think I held my own), watching my favorite football team lose in the last few minutes (in the locker room), traveling a totally different direction to another family birthday party (my nephew's), getting home late, going to bed late, and then falling asleep dreaming of what's to come the next day. Whew.
Monday: Getting up to go to school, teach (without a "special" because we have a team meeting on Mondays during that time), getting permission to leave school just a bit early so I can travel to a prominent Division 1 school to do a presentation about "The POWERFUL Program", DO the presentation (which I think went pretty well), get in the car, travel down the road 15 minutes to give a DIFFERENT presentation to a high school with boy's basketball coaches (because I'm the President... and this is the night they picked), and then finally getting to go out for a celebratory dinner with my wife (and a friend of ours) that made the trip with us.
Time going to bed Monday night...... "Late."
What a whirlwind of excitement, twists, and turns.
I really did enjoy all of it, and I was able to meet a lot of new people in the process.
However, there's no way that I could keep that pace up ... even if I wanted to!
Thank goodness for a quiet Tuesday, with "Interim Assessments" scheduled for my students in class.
I can only hope that I keep my eyes open!!!
Looking forward to "getting back to normal" ...but also feeling quite blessed that I had a chance to do all of those things the past 4 days.