Halfway through with my work day, and it has already been more than halfway exceptional. I feel the ned to express what is on my mind right now during my lunch hour and to credit all of you, but I'll hold off on that until the end. To some of you it might sound like an average, random, or even boring day; It's 12:14PM here in Bavaria and I've already gotten so much out of it. The first good thing about my day has been that I didn't get to do PT today (I know, I'm fat!) but that's okay because I've been getting my work out in other ways. After arriving to work this morning, I was notified that I had to redo some paperwork I worked on yesterday during weapons qualifications. "Understood, I'll get it done."
Needless to say, it feels as though every week I meet someone new, either in or outside of work, that teaches me something I can make lots of use out of. Last week while having breakfast, I had my first conversation with SGT McGlown who works in our communications shop. He told me that through watching me from afar he's noticed I'm very much into personal development and being introspective, and it's something he's been exploring since the age of 16. Automatically, I was enticed to learn more about him and what he's all about. While working in his office today, he introduced me to a new type of music (new to me at least) called iMusic. The aim of this type of music is to stimulate your brain and neurotransmitters to function at higher levels than normal, resulting in increased levels of focus and production. Through different kinds of sound waves and loops, this kind of music has developed various 'genres' to focus on different areas of everyday life, such as: attention span, focus, energy, sleeping, relaxation, communication, et cetera. For now, I plan to explore and learn more about it, and 'tactically acquire' it online :-P
After completing my tasks this morning, I went in to see my rugby coach in his office at the Community Bank. I wanted to inquire about information for this Saturday's game against the Munich boys, until he notified me the game was cancelled. Nevertheless, we sat down and discussed last weekend's game. He began to explain many differences in the positions I'm playing (winger and fullback) and ways to improve my performance. From this, I not only took away a better understanding of the game, but also a good sense of belonging to an organization that is like no other here in Illesheim. Our team consists of mostly military guys (myself included obviously). However, while at practice or in uniform, all-things-military go out the window and we address one another by first name and as individuals, regardless of rank.
It had been a really long time since I last walked in to a coach's office to be coached. I think anyone that has ever played an organized sport can feel my sense of appreciation for this as not only are you communicating with another person in regards to a game, but while all of this is happening, your mind is being fed with tons of knowledge. You can't put a price on that. Furthermore, he informed me on our upcoming trip to Amsterdam, The Netherlands before Memorial Day weekend. We will be traveling as a team, leaving on a Thursday night, spending the following day doing tourist things, and finally spending the remainder of the weekend watching the tournament. I simply CANNOT wait!
Tonight I will be heading down to Munich for the weekend. Once I get out of work, I plan on coming back to my place to pack and get myself on the road. This weekend will provide me with a new perspective on traveling because most, if not all, of my travels thus far I've been accompanied by one or several friends. I have a hostel booked for the next two nights, and plan to make the best of my time alone. While I have invited a few people to meet up with me in Munich at some point during this weekend, I am prepared and exciting about spending 4 days knowing absolutely no one, and getting to learn anyone, regardless of the uncertainties of others.
In conclusion, some of you may have read through my Facebook status yesterday about my blog having reached 1,526 all-time pageviews. While my hope, since I began writing in August, has been to simply share my progressions, I must admit it feels great to know that so many people are reading this. Even if none of you took the time to read it at all, I would still get much out of putting myself out there. As a result, I purchased my own domain name and hope that greater things are still to come. Again, thank you all for reading and for all of the wonderful feedback you provide me with each time I publish a new post; I promise to do my best to keep these coming as inspiration comes my way. Have a great easter weekend everyone!