GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — No, I’m not on the road to search for the perfect paintball setting.
In fact, this entry will have little to do with my delayed Scaring Matt challenge, which remains in a holding pattern. An airplane reference seems appropriate here, since I spent much of Thursday in airports, hopping from PIT to MDW to GRR.
If you’re not a frequent flyer, I’m going to make you look up the middle one. Or don’t. Whatever you want.
This is the weekend of a 25K race that my wife Jillian and I take part in, partially to benefit a local domestic violence charity and partially for the challenge of it.
Although, by the time the run approaches, we’re questioning our life choices. The race itself is fun, but carving out roughly five to seven hours per week for training is a tough ask for parents of a two-year-old.
But, if you want to do well and/or don’t want to die in front of the good folks of Grand Rapids, you find a way to grind out the miles.
Where was I? Oh, right. Paintball.
Getting ready for the Riverbank Run is only one reason why I haven’t been able to move forward (yet!) with my third Scaring Matt challenge. You make commitments in life and you do your best to stick with them.
Also, that $75 competition fee is already paid, so …
Here’s Explanation/Excuse No. 2: My brother had the audacity to find a job.
Mark has been lined up to be my accountability partner-slash-cameraperson-slash-adversary for this challenge, but his need for gainful employment has thrust him back into the working world after a couple months of searching.
He and his wife Caitlin have returned to Pittsburgh following several years of traveling physical therapy work. It’s been spectacular having my only sibling living just a five-minute drive away, but playtime is somewhat over.
So that factors out most weekday afternoons, of which I have a couple open per week. (One of the benefits of having multiple sports-related gigs. But then again … )
Explanation/Excuse No. 3: My weekends have been otherwise occupied.
Combine three straight Pittsburgh Riverhounds home matches to close April — I do play-by-play for the team’s video broadcasts — with the culmination of Robert Morris University’s spring sports season and I’ve actually had more time during the week than on the weekends.
The schedules of the Super Gajtka Bros.™ aren’t lining up right now. At least not until next weekend, finally.
Explanation/Excuse No. 4: Did I mention we have a toddler?
As I write this, I’m helping him eat strawberries without getting the juice all over my in-laws’ leather couch.
As I edit this, Lukas is wailing in his crib downstairs at my in-laws’ place, refusing to take his usual nap. Could be a miserable rest of the day.
If this season of my life has taught me anything, it’s patience.
That sounds tidy and trite, but in reality patience is painful. It means putting passion projects on the back burner to focus on the necessities. For someone like me, whose mind often drifts to the ‘next thing’ prematurely, being patient runs counter to my very nature.
And when you happen to be doing your work in public, like with this site, delays can be humbling. I promise I’m doing my best to keep the momentum from completely stalling.