*This is written with a great deal of joking sarcasm, but I really do love my job.
Spring break is almost here! For most, it’s a time to hang out with friends, take a vacation or at least get some well-deserved rest. For others, however, there are responsibilities that carry on regardless of the break. That is particularly true in the world of sports.
Thankfully, sports have off-seasons to allow for a much needed break, but while sports are in season, it’s full speed ahead. In professional sports, even holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas are prime work days. That long-winded explanation is leading up to what I’m doing over spring break. In a nutshell, the answer is working. While I will have a few days off, I’ll still spend most of my time on the job.
As I’m currently the women’s tennis SID and secondary contact for men’s tennis, I have to work every match for both teams. On top of my normal responsibilities, I’ll also be filling in as the men’s tennis SID for the week as the normal SID decided to take the week off instead. Lucky for me, both teams decided to schedule a combined seven home matches over the break! That leaves a few days to enjoy, but it will not be as much of a break as most would consider the ideal “last spring break.” With that being said, although I wouldn’t trade my job or experience for anything, my main goal for spring break is to survive it and maybe even enjoy it.
My objectives to ensure that I meet my goal are quite simple. I first plan to keep myself in good health so I don’t lose my mind. I also plan to focus on doing my job well so the bundle of joy that is our women’s tennis coach doesn’t eat me. As for my objectives related to relaxing, I plan to take advantage of my free time by doing things I enjoy.
My strategies for relaxing are also basic. By going outside, getting some exercise, resting and enjoying some electronic entertainment, I will be happy. Pertaining to working, by eating well and getting enough sleep, I will feel well. As for being on the job, by preparing well and doing all of my work precisely, quickly, carefully and with great accuracy, I will not be fired.
My tactics for relaxing are to longboard, play some pickup basketball or another sport, try to get back in a workout routine and catch up on some Netflix and video games. My tactics for working are to research what I need to before the match, have all of my programs ready to go, be at the matches in plenty of time, double check all of my stats and updates, and pay attention so that I send everything out as quickly as possible. My health-related tactics are to avoid greasy fast food, eat somewhat healthy, enjoy some soul food and nap or sleep at every opportunity I’m not working or enjoying myself.
The biggest way I will measure whether my spring break was a success will be determined by whether I maintain a normal heart rate after the break. I will also know that I had a successful break if I have not been fired. If that happens, I either really screwed up or ended up losing my mind somewhere along the way. I also will measure it by how rested I am after the break. As a bonus, another measure for a successful spring break would be having some good memories from the week. If I can accomplish all of that over the week, I’ll be proud of how I used my final spring break.
To end this blog, I just have one request. Anyone reading this that will be living it up for the week, make the most of it for those of us who can’t!
PS: I know it’s still not very visually appealing, but given my lack of creativity and the issues with the post looking different in editing mode compared to the final copy, it’s the best I’ve got.