Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Are you ready?

My husband was recently named head coach of our small town's high school football team. The thing that fascinates me about this new position is that as soon as the topic comes up, people look at me and say, "So, are you ready to be a head coach's wife?"

I have no idea what my answer is supposed to be, so I say yes. Of course I am. Rudi, however, is a bit nervous about being the head coach's dog.

{All this worrying makes me tired.}
 But seriously, I can't help but wonder: what does it mean to be ready for something?

The thing about life is that we're never really ready for anything. At least not in the complete sense, or one that might make us feel completely secure in the journey that lies ahead. Sure, we can plan ahead and pack our bags with plenty of extra underwear and socks, but does that mean we are really ready? Are we ready for everything our trip might bring? Inevitably, we forget our toothbrush or some disaster occurs and we're left feeling like it would be nice to have another pair of pants.

In life, we pack our hearts and minds just like we do our bags for a trip. We try to prepare ourselves, nestling away all the necessary items just in case we need them. Inevitably, it's the things we don't pack that we end up needing the most when we're worlds away from home. I notoriously over pack, because I hate to think that I may not be prepared or that I'll change my mind once I step out of the confines of my closet, where everything is still familiar to me. In the process, I am left with more than I could possibly need. My heart is no different.

We can say that we're ready, or feel that we're ready, but not everything can be predicted.

The impending change in our lives, one that bears more responsibility, time away from home and effort, is one that all the extra underwear in the world cannot prepare me for. Most things in life--the ones that test us--can't be prepared for, or packed for; they just have to be lived. So, maybe I'm not ready. Maybe I am. I don't know for sure.

But I do know one thing: it's time I start learning more about the spread offense. And football in general. The least I can do is be ready with good football comments.

1 comment:

Leontien said...

I'm still not quite caught up with the whole football thing.... Soccer is more up my alley.

Good luck!



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