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“Everybody talks about the pressure of playing Wimbledon, but it’s not the people watching, they make it so much easier to play. The support has been incredible, so thank you.” - Great Britain’s Andy Murray, upon his defeat to Roger Federer in Gentleman’s Singles at Wimbledon.
I felt like Andy did this morning after I heard I didn’t get the job. Telling my supporters played out just like the scenes during Murray’s speech in my mind. Thank you everyone.
Forgive me, I had to wait to break this news. I heard back from the people at Whitworth and they offered the Assistant Sports Information Director position to another person - in a close and difficult decision. I’m afraid there’s not much else to say other than I was overwhelmed by the positive support I received and can expect to receive moving forward.
I believe I live my life a certain way, and find that people don’t necessarily understand what I’m doing or why I do it. The explanation is simple, I devote considerable time every day indulging in the things I love. It’s a routine I’ve crafted over the years that’s been adapted to the advances in technology. The routine looks something like this:
- Everyday I wake up and read; gathering information from the day before. I usually start with the sports section, analyzing the box scores and feature stories on current sporting events. I did the same thing growing up when the newspaper was the primary medium of information that required the use of one’s brain (although I did watch Sportscenter repeats three or four times on weekends). I usually read the European soccer (football) stories first and move on to whatever sport is in season in the US (like baseball and the NFL Draft). I would estimate I read at least 45 minutes before I do anything each morning.
- I then eat something like a bowl of cereal or whatever I can mock up in a couple minutes: a peanut butter sandwich or quasadilla or whatever. I think its important to eat, but I typically don’t eat too much.
- Hygiene (shower, brush teeth, etc.)
- During the meat of the day I do whatever I feel is the most pressing need. At the moment, the most important project in my life is figuring out how to chart a path into the college sports industry. To this point three potential paths emerged: 1. Get a job in an athletic department directly. 2. Receive a grad assistant position, allowing me to gain experience and an advanced degree simultaneously 3. Work in the university in a different capacity and then transfer internally once a vacancy in athletics presents itself. This task is my top priority, but I don’t think those close to me necessarily feel that way.
- I write something, whether it be a Tumblr post, email, cover letter, or random nonsense to my friends via text message.
- Eat dinner.
- My participation in Tuesday’s trivia night is well documented. When there is less going on and I keep to myself, I will usually read some more. In the evening my attention turns to comic books and I find myself headfirst into decades of character development and complex, interweaving story lines. I also watch programs like “Game of Thrones” for that reason - deep characters in a complex story that requires attention. I’ve mentioned this before, but there is much to be learned simply by paying attention.
- I fall asleep, typically at 1 a.m. or so. My alarm goes off to the sound of sitar music written by Ravi Shankar and George Harrison.
- Throughout the day, I never stop thinking.
This is how all the interesting things I say and think are developed and developed to the depth that they are. Here’s an example:
I mocked this up a couple days ago after being inspired by “Game of Thrones.” I got the images from a free heraldry website. This coat-of-arms represents one of my best friends and every piece of it has meaning.
- His last name is Sullivan, so he belongs to House Sully (like House Tully - home of Catelyn Stark’s family)
- His nickname is the “Sullybear,” thus the sigil is the aptly named “Sully Bear”
- He has the motto “Do Good” and “Be Excellent” tattooed on his right and left bicep respectively. It makes a catchy motto when put together. That is why the arms are on the shield.
- The chevron pointing upward represents the north, where he lives (and where I used to live)
- The dog he has is half beagle, half basset hound. She has a brown spot on her right side. As you can see, the spot is on the correct side.
- The colors are those of the Colorado state flag and the color scheme of the minor league hockey team he works for.
So there’s a look at what happens in my brain everyday. Everything I do works like that. Sometimes it’s hard to articulate it, as crazy as that may sound.
I feel as if I am teetering on the brink of achieving the bliss I want, doing what I love as a profession. I want to believe so badly that what I am doing will come to something and prove the incomparable Joseph Campbell correct.