“Football is like life – it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.”
Yes, boys and girls, it’s football season.
Stop rolling your eyes.
The football pre-season is well underway and, on September 10th, my beloved Green Bay Packers start their regular season hosting the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field. The Aaron Rodgers #12 jersey is ready to go and I’m somewhat ready to suffer the anxiety that comes with wanting my team to win every.damn.time.
Right Dan Antion?
Dan is a diehard Pittsburgh Steelers fan, which happens to be my favorite AFC team…unless they are playing the Packers.
On Sunday, November 26th, 2017, beginning at 8:30 ET, the Green Bay Packers will be playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Steelers have the home field advantage and, at this point, Dan and I have no idea how the season for our respective teams will fare. We’ve been hoping for a meeting in the Super Bowl for the last two seasons (Dan wants vengeance from the 2011 outcome), but neither team has made it that far.
We both wish Tom Brady would retire.
Anyhow, Vince was right about football and life. I’ve been ruminating about dedication and perseverance lately – that of my own when it come to regular exercise. I have seasons when I like to make excuses…
I need to go buy cat food and chocolate and that’s going to take me a while.
I broke a fingernail and/oror the tendonitis in my left hand is acting up.
It’s too dark outside (winter).
It’s too nice outside (summer).
I have plantar fasciitis in my right foot so I could not possible go to the gym and work my upper body.
It’s too cold outside to go swimming in an indoor, heated pool.
I have a great idea for a blog post that needs to be written NOW.
In my defense, I did interrupt this post to attend a yin yoga class. It’s a class where there is more mat work (stretching, breathing, lying prone) and less sweating.
I need a team and a coach, 24/7, to have the dedication and perseverance of the person I would like to be. I need a Vince Lombardi to tell me to get my *bleeping* butt off the *bleeping* sofa. I need other people to egg me on, cheer me on and participate in exercise with me. I’m not good with the self-motivated, self-directed get out there and do something attitude.
Unless it’s summer and I’m on the mountain bike or hiking a cool trail. That’s a different story, no need for a team or a swearing coach.
The hardest part of dedication and perseverance in exercise is winter and cold darkness. When work is over and I’m chilled to the bone simply from watching it snow all day, the only thought on my mind is going home to a warm sweatshirt and hot cup of herbal tea. (Any other northerners with me on that?) January and February is the worst two months for wanting to do anything. I call those the hibernation months. I want to crawl under the blankets and not come out until March, when there is the hope of spring and biking weather.
It helps if the Packers are in the playoffs and make a run to the Super Bowl in early February. Really, it does. Packer wins put me in a good mood, and a good mood can make a fan feel good, and feeling good can translate into a trip to the gym. I’m not lying. Just think how my exercise habits will increase if the Packers win the Super Bowl.
This is how football is like life. Dedication and perseverance lead to good things, whether it is gridiron greatness or being mentally and physically fit.
Want to make any non-monetary bets about November?
About the Super Bowl?
About how many times I’ll go to the gym between now and February 4, 2018?
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