Guys I’m going to be perfectly honest with you; I have not been to the gym or worked out since January 26th; this year of course. And as I stated in a previous blog; I feel bad, but not that bad. That was until today. Thank you, ESPN College Gameday. Now before I go on any further, I feel like it’s my responsibility to at least explain why I have not been to the gym. I have, what I believe to be an acute shoulder strain, which causes extreme and painful sensations that reverb throughout my shoulder and arm. And no, I am not saying this for anyone to feel sympathy for me; but I dare you to find someone tougher. Well maybe there is this one person: Joni Taylor. If you don’t know who this woman is, let me explain. But first I’d like to say congratulation to Coach Joni Taylor and again, thanks ESPN College Gameday (wink, wink).
Joni Taylor is the head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs Women’s Basketball team, which by the way is in the great state of Georgia. But I am guessing that the name probably gave its location away. Also, if you have been following my blogs you know that I love pretty much every sports organization in my birth state. Yet, that is not the reason for this post. The reason for this post is to provide you with a little bit of motivation to not complain about the fact that you may be a tad bit tired.
Coach Taylor, in her 4th season of leading the Lady Bulldogs, is hoping to have her team finish out the season strong and make a run in the SEC Women’s Tournament to ensure a birth in the NCAA Tournament. Speaking of birth, which leads me close to the purpose of this post. Coach Taylor coached her Bulldogs to a victory against SEC foe Mississippi Bulldogs, and within a 12-hour span gave birth to her and her husband’s second daughter. First and foremost, congrats to the family’s new addition and on the win; but what is more impressive is that two days after the birth, Coach Taylor was back on the sideline cheering her team on. Suddenly, my shoulder is a little less painful.
Here’s the thing. When I was a young man, I witnessed these kinds of feat; not from a women’s basketball coach, but from my mother. Day and in day out she put off illness, tiredness, and her own pleasures to root all of us in all our endeavors. These is while working a full-time job and at times with little to no support. Through her actions and numerous sacrifices, we all were able to see what perseverance, what dedication, and what putting others before self looks like. Ironically, as I am typing this portion of the post, it seems like my shoulder doesn’t even hurt at all. Well perhaps a little, but hey at least I will be back in the gym with a new sense of purpose and commitment. To Coach Taylor good luck with the team throughout the remaining season and hope to see oru Lady Bulldogs in the NCAA championship game, and I salute you for your strength and dedication. Just not with this arm connected to this shoulder. Not just yet.