Thinking of You.

In this life, it has been critical for me to go beyond the field to reach out to family, friends, players, their families, and coaches to let them know that I’m thinking about them.

THINKING OF YOU.

These are powerful words.

They’ve often pulled me up when I’ve been hanging by a thread, so I know that if anyone who reads this today can make a difference for someone else, it will be special. Text it if you need to. Email it. Mail it. I don’t think a heart or a thumbs up on social media counts. SAY IT TO SOMEONE. You’ll feel better yourself too.

Thinking of you.

This line was the subject of an email I received on my first day of school in college. I saved it for four years, so it greeted me every day. It was a message from my soccer coach who thought to email me that she was thinking about me that day. It was the first day of another new thing without my dad, something I was getting used to in the first year after he died. The basketball games, the Christmas, the lacrosse games, the graduation, the awards banquets, the first college soccer game- then it was the first day of school, and the message from my coach was one I didn’t even know I needed. But I did.

After two weeks of preseason training twice/day, my team was getting into a rhythm of spending hours on practice, film, meetings, weightlifting, and training room/rehab. This first day of school was when the four of us freshmen were beginning college for real- adding classes, office hours with professors, and homework to the daily schedule. Now that I’ve experienced being a college coach, I know that our coaches were also busy- not only trying to coach their current team, but fitting in recruiting calls, home visits, and high school games.

I battle daily with a great deal of “brain traffic,” and I tend to have a difficult time using the amazing positive daily experiences in my job, with the negative or sad. It’s the nature of the business when you work with a lot of people, and I think what I just hope for is fewer funerals, hospital visits, and difficult phone calls than there are graduations, weddings, and birthdays.

In this life, it has been critical for me to go beyond the field to reach out to family, friends, players, their families, and coaches to let them know that I’m thinking about them. It gets me out of my own head, and it gets me beyond myself.

I am hoping today that someone reading this will reach out like my coach did in September of 2000. Go beyond the field, go beyond yourself – say the words: Thinking of you.

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