My first season as a video coordinator has come to an end. That’s hard for me to believe. Even after seven months, there are still times when I can’t believe I have this career. When I moved to Bloomington, I had this great picture in my head of how everything would play out. I’d work really hard and I’d leave fulfilled on a daily basis. That’s not exactly how it went.
In September, I got my bearings. In October, I got to work. In November, I got busy. In December, I got beat (mentally). In January, I got initiated. In February, I got rattled. And in March, I got bored.
It’s amazing, really. I live on routine. I thrive on structure. I do the same things the same way every single time. And I love it. But somehow, I got bored.
As much as I love routine, I also love a challenge. More than a challenge, I love learning. I knew it before. In fact, I’ve said it before. I should have known this would happen. But I was caught off guard.
Scouting reports are not a challenge. Photoshop is no longer a challenge. Synergy? Heck. They should probably pay me. So what am I supposed to do now with all this time?
Answer: find something new to learn. So here’s what I’m working on this off-season (which I’ve decided to not use as an off-season):
- SportsCode Scripting: SportsCode is the live video capture and coding software that we use for games and practices. Scripting is a unique feature that allows you to tell SportsCode what to do, provided you know the language. So I’m going to learn the language.
- More Advanced Statistics: I’ve been presented with the opportunity to continue some work for Seattle and to do so while learning from some of the best and brightest.
I’m really excited to work on these two areas professionally because I know what I learn will be immediately applicable.
I have a couple areas that I will specifically address on a personal level as well:
- Prayer: I want to learn more about prayer and grow closer to God through it. I’m currently reading The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. The next book I want to read on this subject is Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God, by Tim Keller.
- Continued self-awareness and improved self-control: These are always important things for me. By continuing to increase my level of self-awareness, I hope to improve my self-control. It takes a lot of conscious effort on my part to recognize obsessions and when they start taking over my thoughts. It takes even more effort to stop the obsessions and regain control. This is something that I need to work on as I continue to become more independent.
On a separate topic, April is Autism Awareness Month. I hope to write more on this in the coming days. For now, I will leave you with a link to the Autism Society, which offers a positive alternative to Autism Speaks’ Light It Up Blue campaign.