I don’t remember what I was doing when I first encountered minimalism. But I do know that the concept immediately resonated with me. I found myself pouring over articles and videos and blog posts that suggested ways to streamline different facets of life to make each day more fulfilling and enjoyable. Even the very small steps I took had a remarkably big impact.
Working on household clutter and whittling down my wardrobe was pretty easy. (The hardest part was doing it in a way that wouldn’t freak out the Kid and DC Giant. They seem to be doing okay.) Now I've entered new territory and it's giving me a lot to consider.
So...um...what does this have to do with ice sports and athletic training?
One of the most compelling aspects of minimalism is how it creates freedom...freedom to do the things we love with the people we love. It encourages a thoughtful approach to how we spend our time. Right now how I want to spend my time and how I actually spend my time are slightly misaligned. Luckily, it’s not a huge disconnect so I think with some small tweaks, I’ll be able to bridge the gap.
Now...we’re getting to ice sports and athletic training…and writing
I like writing. I like the process of researching and organizing thoughts and concepts. I like playing with words and telling stories. Once upon a time, I was pretty good at it and got paid to do it. I’m not so good at it now, because I stopped doing it. I certainly don’t get paid for it anymore.
I like ice sports. I want to learn how to figure skate. I love the hockey mom lifestyle. I like the rhythms of the ice rink, the skating music, pucks hitting sticks. It's a fantastic, high-energy environment. It sharpens my focus. It feels right to me.
I like training. I love helping people become stronger, more athletic and less stressed. I want to explore more opportunities to train athletes - kids on sports team, adults who compete in sports at any level. Remember that certification I started working on? I want that.
It’s time to figure this out.
If there's a perfect time to be selfish and prioritize the things I want to do, now is it. The Kid is getting older, he needs (and wants!) less of my time and attention. I work part-time, so I certainly can find hours in the day. And I have a family that truly supports me. In fact, the Kid keeps yapping at me about getting my certification because he’s convinced it will result in a job with Caps. And wouldn’t I be setting an amazing example for him if he saw me busting my ass on things I love?
- The next time I’m thinking about writing but I’m not doing it, I’m going to take notice of exactly what I am doing.
- The next time I skip skating practice, I’m going to observe with heightened specificity why I’m not hitting ice.
- The next time I glance at my certification materials but choose not to open them up, I’m going to determine what exactly pulls me away.
If I can identify the hurdles that trip me up, then I can develop a plan for getting over them.
*****There are countless Web sites, blogs, YouTube channels and newsletters devoted to minimalism in all its incarnations. If you’re interested in learning more, a good place to get started is to check out the links here.