Day 80 – Priorities and Lessons

Yesterday I really tried to work through some of the priorities I have on my “To Do” list. Calculate fundraising totals, send thank you messages to my friends and family that have taken the time to donate (*Very Important!*), book clothing racks and mannequins for the Clothing Swap event, pick up clothing donations, sort through the clothing and categorize it, try to locate some other vendors to join us for the event, blog, train at the gym and most importantly… play hooky (Urban Dictionary definition – ‘be absent from school without an excuse’)

How can I play hooky when I am not at school? Well I was actually helping someone else to do it. Bad Teacher!!

One of my students whom I taught my first year in Singapore as a kindergarten teacher is leaving Singapore this year to move to Switzerland. I have become great friends with him and his mom and I am REALLY sad to have to say goodbye when they go. Since I was off of work yesterday, and it was nearing his school holidays (he attends a different school than where I teach now) – his mom and I decided that it was really in his best interest to get picked up early so we could all enjoy an afternoon together rather than him being in school. Best decision ever!!

We enjoyed a great afternoon at the Marine Life Park at Resorts World. The aquarium is just amazing and is now the biggest in the world (of course, it’s Singapore!) We saw lots of great things and enjoyed spending the time together because we know… that 10 weeks until they depart will fly by and there will always be things going on so we need to make the most of the time we can get together. Priorities.

I am so thankful to have taken the time yesterday to do this. I could have easily sat in my living room working away at my to do list – but it was this moment in time that I will remember and the work will get done another day. Sometimes I need to step back and prioritize other things in my life as I can easily get caught up in just doing the boxing and the fundraising as a full time thing. I am glad to have made ‘Master O’ and Jodie a priority in my life.

Along with this little lesson, I also learned that it is not a really good idea to eat at your favorite restaurant an hour or so before sparring. After the aquarium we popped into Din Tai Fung for a little “snack” and because I have no ability to withhold any restraint in this restaurant – I overate. I felt it as soon as I started to skip in my warm up. Dumplings were bouncing around in my tummy with each hop. I was just praying that my sparring partner wasn’t going to give me a body shot. I have learned my lesson and Rey gave me some good advice on when I should eat and what I should be eating pre-fight.

No restraint whatsoever!

No restraint whatsoever!

One last lesson from Rey – I need to stop thinking about the punches coming at me and think about my own combinations. Stop worrying about getting hit and start thinking about how I am going to hit. It is all in the mind. Great advice from a great sage and I plan to take it to heart and try it out next sparring session.

Wax on, wax off.


About K.O.

I am a middle school Drama specialist and boxing enthusiast. I love to spend time with friends and family in Singapore and Canada, travelling, watching movies and then writing about my experiences here.

Posted on March 29, 2013, in Boxing, Fundraising, Singapore. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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