Just like that, I’m out of the running…..
Just like that, a streak of 66 straight days, 2 years plus 2 days, of the challenge are broken….
Just like that…..
I’m a fairly competitive person, so throw the word challenge in front of me, and it’s something I feel I can do, I’ll try it. I had high hopes of completing year three without missing a day.
And so, like all streaks, we begin today anew.
Last spring, the UConn women’s basketball team, holders of a winning streak of 111 games, lost on a last second jump shot in the NCAA national semi-final game. Their season ended with a loss. They had a camera on Geno Auriemma during that sequence. He watches the shot go up, in, and smiles. SMILES, and turns to the opposing coach to congratulate her.
Later, he would say:
“I knew this was coming at some point. I’m just shocked that it took this long to get here.”
I’ve got no one to congratulate but my own stupidity, so we’ll just go with that.
But today is Day One of my next streak. Hopefully, at the end of next year, I can win a prize.
But we’ll be have to be happy with the “it builds character” experience of this year!
Because, once again, what else can we do? Going backward is not an option.
We fail forward.
March 4, 2018 at 2:33 am
I was your one of your welcome wagon people your first year of joining in the challenge and remember your early days of your first streak. Congratulations on starting a new streak. You showed up and wrote!
March 4, 2018 at 8:46 am
Yup, I showed up and wrote. Just me having a little pity party on my blog, nothing to see here! Thanks for being part of of my welcome wagon! That means a lot to me! And thanks for stopping by! 🙂
March 4, 2018 at 2:44 am
Don’t be so hard on yourself. The fact that you missed a day and still came back speaks volumes. It’s my 8th year and there have been a few years where for one reason or another I’ve messed up, too. It happens. Good luck on your new streak!!
March 4, 2018 at 8:45 am
There are other, less important streaks here at play, but this one bugged/bugs me. No, there’s nothing that can be done now, and it offers me up some freedom when I go with our band and choir kids to Washington DC, but it’s still a “geez, you know better” kind of situation! 🙂 Thanks for the kind words and for stopping by!
March 4, 2018 at 2:57 am
Ugh–I can understand your frustration, but the truly important thing isn’t keeping a streak going, but knowing how to handle it gracefully when one ends, cause they always do. You’ve clearly demonstrated that you know how to do that and then how to get started again. I am so glad that you’re back with day one of your new streak today. Congrats!
March 4, 2018 at 8:43 am
Oh, don’t be too complimentary. When I realized what I’d done, there were not nice words said out loud and there was were some “garbage thoughts” as well. But, I’m to the point in my career, fail forward. That’s what we do! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
March 4, 2018 at 4:11 am
A little bump in the road. My turn comes this week when I won’t have access to the internet world. I really do need to think about a Smart phone. Glad you jumped right back in. 🙂
March 4, 2018 at 8:42 am
Write your blog, and set it up to post on its own! I won’t say it’s easy, but it’s doable. If I can, anyone can! 🙂 My email address is meldar1994 at yahoo dot com if you need more guidance!
March 5, 2018 at 9:10 pm
Hey thanks. I never thought of that and will have to try it out. 🙂
March 4, 2018 at 4:52 am
Get back on the horse and all that.
March 4, 2018 at 8:41 am
Yup, pretty much. Just me being whiny! 🙂
March 4, 2018 at 5:16 am
In my mind,
the need to
the drive ahead
I fall apart,
and hit re-start.
This is what
— I am line-lifting from posts this morning to create poems as comments. Forgive the intrusion.
March 4, 2018 at 8:40 am
If you are going to do something like this each time you intrude, please, intrude more often! May I use this with my class/teams?
March 4, 2018 at 9:28 am
The words are a gift to you, so feel free to share, remix, delete, as needed. Peace
March 4, 2018 at 9:36 am
“Because, once again, what else can we do? Going backward is not an option. We fail forward.” Love these lines. There is so much we can learn from broken streaks and team losses. Thank you for sharing!
March 4, 2018 at 10:14 am
You learn to lose with grace and honor, that’s the best part of a streak ending. I teach my teams, win or lose, you act like you done it before and that it’s not a big deal. Rage or celebrate in private, but you carry yourself with dignity. I raged in private, but this isn’t the place, and I have students reading my blog too. 🙂
March 4, 2018 at 5:33 pm
What a great quote from that coach; starting again is one of the gifts in life. Sounds like you’re fussing a bit, then moving on. That’s the work, isn’t it? Here. You. Go.
March 4, 2018 at 9:46 pm
Yup, did my fussing (and swearing) and now, I’m commenting! 🙂
March 4, 2018 at 8:14 pm
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO <– read this in the same voice as KAHN! was yelled. I'm competitive like you. I had a streak of 400-something days on my Timehop app a couple years ago. My phone died on me and I lost it. I was livid. But like you I let it go. Just let the new streak begin today.