Friday, October 29, 2010

Day 389

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us...." 

Thank you Mr Dickens.  Oh how I hated that book.  At the age of 15 I never did get past that first paragraph but as I re-read it now it actually makes all the sense in the world.  Age can do that to you.  A pleasant by-product of being deep fried.  

Now let's switch from Charles Dicky Bird to Hugh John Lofting, and I am here to tell you I feel a whole lot like Mr Lofting's two headed Llama.  Dr Doolittle may have found the push-me-pull-me appealing but I am finding the head battle a little confusing.  In true push-me-pull-me style I am relating to Charles' opening paragraph more than I should be. 

What the hell am I talking about? Nationals of course.  Come on .... get with the program people.

Here I am as a cheer coach taking twenty two 11 and 12 year olds to the Australian Cheerleading Championships this weekend and I am wondering what the hell I have gotten myself into.  The best decision or the worst decision?  Wise or foolish? Well, given it is CHEERleading I've gotta go with best of times and the age of wisdom, but my emotions are in turmoil.  

I feel excited, yet anxious, joyous, yet fearful, hopeful, yet nervous, proud, yet doubtful.  Come on.  Let's just cut to the chase shall we. I'm freakin' shittin' myself.  These kids have never performed these routines at comp before and we're expecting them to get it perfect at nationals?  What were we thinking?!!!  It took them six months to perfect their original state comp routines and we've thrown these new ones at them to learn and perfect in only 6 weeks (well, 3 weeks for pomsj). Shit, shit, shit!!! Can someone get me a paper bag .... I need a paper bag .... am sitting on haunches rocking in corner ... breathe .... breathe .... breathe ....

I wonder how the poor girls are feeling?

I can tell you how they are feeling.  They have nothing but pure excitement and adrenalin running through their veins.  They have complete and utter belief in themselves.  They have complete and utter belief in their coaches.  They have no doubt that they are the best that they can be.  And why are they feeling this way?  Because that's how they bloody should be feeling.  That's what we've been telling them.  That's just the way it is and I need to shake my fear, shake my nerves, shake my doubt and take a great big dose of my own advice.  Plus a teaspoon of rescue remedy and an enormous dose of Nervatona. 

This weekend is about to be one of the most memorable weekends of our lives.  The weekend we made it to the Australian Championships.  The weekend where we get to say that we're one of the best primary school cheer teams in all of the country.  We don't have to be the best there is, just the best that we can be.  No matter what the result we are there!!  That makes us winners already.

Yep, a huge dose of my own advice.

Righteo then. Now that that's sorted I've got an 8 hour drive to Melbourne to make.

And a bit of dancing around the lounge room to do before I go.  Woot Woot.

We are going to Nationals! We are going to Nationals!! Cha cha cha cha cha CHA.

You won't be hearing much from me over the next few days. Just the occasional bit of news SHOUTED via my Nokia.  

Have a great weekend everyone, and enjoy your blog flogging.


  1. Wow, that's ace! And a road trip, I love road trips. And dancing around the lounge, love that too :) Have a great weekend and good luck to the girls!

  2. Good luck to you all! I'll be waving my pom poms for you :)

  3. I can get you a paper bag.

    Wishing you the best at Nationals! Be proud.

  4. You go girl!! best of luck at the Nationals!!

  5. All the best for the Nationals! I LOVED that passage from Dickens book. I loved most of his books, but like you appreciated them more as I got older.

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