Game Day Plans

Yesterday was game day. The big day. You know the one. The day some have worked all year for. Well really, they have worked most of their life for that game. For that game, for that moment in time they put it all on the line.  Then they hoped and prayed the game would go their way. Sunday, February 7 was that big day of football in the US.  By now half of us have celebrated for our winner and the other half are hoping for next year. Most of us will never play in a Super Bowl game, but we do have those game days. Those big days do happen for the rest of us too, but for most of us our big day is not the big football game, but it is big.

There are the days we studied for, the tests we prepared for, the papers we wrote and the presentations we practiced. Remember doing all of that and all of the hoping and praying that went along with those moments. For some of us those moments are history, others of you are studying and preparing for something today.  We all go through phases that we need to prepare for–game day preparations–preparations different than usual, more intense than usual.  Sometimes game days come unannounced and we are unable to prepare for those days. Some of us have had those meetings with doctors to discuss lab results and it felt like everything we had was on the line. Others of you do not yet know that feeling, it is intense and helpless. Many of us prepared for these days simply by surrounding ourselves with loved ones for support and educating ourselves, it was all we knew to do. Some of us have encountered legal challenges that have brought us to days where we felt everything we had was on the line.  Many times, preparation was simply to do what we were advised and, again surround ourselves with support.  But for all of our game days, we prepared as well as we could, we put it all on the line, we prayed, and we hoped for the best.  After all, that is the best we could do.


So, yeah, I am not going to be playing in a Super Bowl, or any football game for that matter.  Thank goodness – could you imagine the pressure for that level of a public performance not to mention the physical workouts those guys endure.  I know the word should be “do” rather than “endure”, but for those less fit like myself, well “endure” feels like the correct word.  But I am still planning the next “big things” in my life.  Now, I am closer to retirement than to the start of my career, but I still have plans and those plans will need preparations.  I have so many things I still want to accomplish, many of them are things I have put off for far too long. So here I am today, planning my preparations for my next big thing… for my own personal Super Bowl Sunday.  What is yours?  Are you going to finish a diploma, start a blog, learn a new recipe, take a class, learn something new, write a book, sew a quilt, or do a presentation? What is your next Super Bowl Sunday?

Best wishes to you on your journey to your next Big Thing! Let’s Do This!

Published by Dr. Cindy Freer Conley

Hello Friends! I am Dr. Cindy Freer Conley, and I am so glad you are here! It is so nice to "meet" you. I am entering the world of blogging for the first time, I hope you find these readings worthwhile, helpful and entertaining. I have spent my career in one role or another of the mental health and counseling world. I have worked in private practice and in schools settings. I hold a PhD in Exceptional Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. I currently work in public education full time and adjunct part-time. I am a wife and the mother of three adult children and the grandmother of one young lady who is growing up way too fast. I didn't have all of the answers as a mother, although my kids would probably tell you I faked it often (I did). I don't have all of the answers now, but I do know so much more now than I did 27 years ago when I became a parent. I was a single mother for several years, and learned a lot about the unique struggles single parents face. I have spent time with great supports and time where I felt alone on my path - only to look up and realize I was never alone. We are all on a journey, enjoy the journey, but understand small changes on your part may make lasting impacts to someone else's journey.

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