A way to survive the empty nest and a "cracked "relationship with a fun daily challenge of new experiences, reflections, sources, and some biblical guidance. I hope this blog which offers a fun journey to survive by trying something new, either vicariously or by doing, will result in a survival tool kit to replace the past familiar doing, giving, and/or incorporating the interest of your child or your long gone love interest, with some new self interest(s).
Growing up in Pittsburgh, it is sacrilegious to
not be part of the sports culture, with our Steelers, Pirates and
Penguins teams but I have to admit that I was never much of a sports fan.
Yikes I said it! I guess that’s ok because according to
Maslow's theory , a
characteristic of a self-actualizer is "resistanceto enculturation,
but not being purposely unconventional." Therefore I am
willing to try to be more of a sports fan and I have recently
learned more about sports by accepting the invitation to attended some Penguin games.
Sports seem to be a
major part of the Pittsburgh culture or the American culture for that matter-think
of the money spent on games and sports garb. (People were buying $188 Penguin jerseys off the shelf!) Being present at
the game, you have a feeling of belonging because you’re part of a huge crowd with
a common interest-your team winning! It’slike the mob mentality but in a positive way.
Going to a game gave me a new perspective on the fan thing. Your right in the
middle of it all and I love the energy and the things the promoters do
to keep you engaged.
I am learning the names of the players, what the positions
mean, and I am even contemplating getting more team garb to wear. I think I will
keep exploring this sports thing, especially
since I have a sports mentor.
The Pharisees asked Jesus to silence the crowd. He replied, “If
they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!”( Luke 19:40)