Seasons in sport and life

watermelon, green, red, fruitFor many years I was a high school teacher and part of being a teacher means being involved in coaching different sports. So when I think of seasons one of the first things that comes to mind, besides summer, autumn, winter and spring, is rugby, cricket, athletics, etc.

Too long a season

Now it is interesting when for example the cricket season becomes long, how I start to look forward to the rugby season. The reverse is also true; after a long rugby season that sometimes carry on till almost December, I feel like it was enough for one year.

Today at the end of January, while I was busy cutting a watermelon into smaller pieces to put in a bowl in the refrigerator, I realised that the season for watermelons is busy running out.

Now this is one fruit that I can hardly eat enough of in the season.

Yet, as any other fruit, it has its season.

There comes a time when you do not find a good watermelon in stores anymore. They become watery and tasteless. But so it is for many things in life.

Growing up

When my children were in primary school, I remember on a certain day in their Grade 7 year, they attended the open day of the high school. After that visit, I could see that the primary school season was over. Although they were still in primary school, their focus and vision undoubtedly changed to where they would be the next year.

I believe our human nature is such that we enjoy something only for a season, then we look for some change. As they say, “Too much of a good thing is not good.”

# Seasons of Life

Leaf, green, SeasonIn life we also experience different seasons. After childhood we enter early adulthood until we reach middle age. After that we enter middle adulthood and approximately after sixty five, late adulthood. Each phase means a different season of life with a transition phase of usually about five years between each.

I believe it is important that we should understand these seasons of life and we should accept each one graciously in its time. Although nobody likes to get old, no one of us can stop it either. If we try to look and act like people in younger phases, it is like trying to still find good watermelons in April.

Even the wise king Solomon wrote about the seasons of life in Ecc 3:1-2 “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted …”

Therefore the adage of “Act your age” stays relevant because the years past is water under the bridge.

To find direction for a new season of your life, it is necessary to know and understand yourself. A Career Direct Assessment will help you do just that.

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