I honestly don’t know what to do with myself now. I mean, the past five months were so chaotic. Game after game. Tournament after tournament. Final class project after final class project. And all of them, one right after the other.
Somehow, I survived it all. There were a lot of periods of “all work and no play” involved in order to get it all done.
But, now that it’s all over, how am I going to handle “all play and no work?” When you’re going full-speed-ahead for so long, it’s hard to shift gears and relax. It has only been a little over a week, and I still find myself feeling odd that I’m not headed to a ballgame somewhere or writing as many stories.
To some, it might seem like a welcome reprieve. To me, while it is welcome and even necessary, I can’t help but feel like something is missing.
There are definitely benefits to it — being able to sleep in on a Saturday morning being chief among them. Another benefit: I can get off the late-night fast-food diet that has gradually expanded my waistline through too many Wednesday-night basketball games and Thursday-night Spanish essays. I can finally get a few rounds of golf in. I can go hiking, fishing and/or camping.
But, a writer’s gotta write and a student’s gotta study, right? While it’s only two and a half months until school starts again — both for the local high-school students and for me as I enter my second year at the University of Utah, I’ll have to make sure to keep myself occupied.
All work and no play is a bad thing. All play and no work? Sounds like paradise, until you forget how to work when you come back to reality.
Fortunately, it won’t truly be a case of “no work” — the next week being an exception, as I take the time to recharge my batteries after a mad dash through the spring sports season. When I get back, there will be summer baseball to cover. That will be followed by the Bit ‘n’ Spur and Rush Valley rodeos, and races out at Utah Motorsports Campus.
There will also be stories of recent local high school graduates signing to play college sports, and local youth competing in the National High School Finals Rodeo and contests sponsored by professional leagues such as the NBA. We’ll have Utah Jazz summer-league action, the Salt Lake Bees and Real Salt Lake.
But, between all those things, there will be this “free time” thing that I’ll have to reacquaint myself with. How will I spend it all now that I’m not spending seemingly every waking moment at a game or in class? Will I spend it finally cleaning my house (shudder)? Making the trip to my hometown a scant three and a half hours away and — gasp — spending time with people? Learning to become a better cook?
All are distinct possibilities now that I have time. But they might have to wait in favor of something else that has been missing.
Yep, that’s right. It might be time to find a place to put up a hammock in my backyard and take advantage of the spring weather before it gets unbearably hot.
It’s nap time.
Darren Vaughan is the sports editor for the Transcript Bulletin. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.