If you know me, you probably aren’t too surprised I’m writing about this. If you know me, you probably know how much I talk about the importance of taking care of yourself & getting plenty of sleep on a regular basis (sleep, what is that?). If you know me, you probably aren’t too surprised by what my “costume” was at our office Halloween party on Wednesday (photo below). And if you know me well, you know I’m an avid “die-hard” Red Sox fan.
October has been one great month for us Bostonians, culminating in the Red Sox World Series championship on Wednesday night. Yes I watched every game during the playoffs, staying up to midnight or later for all those playoff games (12 in total, ALCS & WS). I’m pretty exhausted but riding on an emotional high these days. This World Series meant more to me and many people for several reasons, one of which is the bombings at the Boston Marathon last April. While the Red Sox were just early in their season at that point, the bombings hit everyone hard and shook the city. Last year the Red Sox came in last place in their division, far away from the World Series, so that is another reason this year was just so special. The media is calling this a year of redemption for the team. The city and team came together and showed how tough they are.
To me, it showed teamwork at it’s finest. It showed that camaraderie is so important to a team. It showed that you could come back from being down in the dumps. All the players stopped shaving in spring training, and the result was many long hairy beards during the World Series. They formed a team. Fans wore beards in the stands. T-shirts have been made with bearded players. You wonder if and when they’ll shave them off.
You wonder when they players and fans will catch up on sleep. I thought I would sleep well after the final game, but instead I tossed & turned all night long thinking about the victory, thinking about how I was going to make it through a 14-mile run in the morning without getting much sleep. I contemplated moving my run to another day, but that just wasn’t possible. So I got up early again, took my son to school and went for that long run. Digging deep when I didn’t really want to, when I wanted to just go back to sleep, but that wasn’t really a possibility either.
How many times has that happened to you? When you had to dig deep and do something that was challenging? Or how many times have you been like the Red Sox, in last place, way at the bottom, when something has hit rock bottom and you never thought you’d get by? Hopefully never, or at least not often, but you can come back from being down. We all get down for some reason or another, yet it’s important to dig deep and find a way to recover. It is possible.
Keep that in mind. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to catching up on some sleep during the next few days.
(our office Halloween costumes):