People Who Matter- Stream of Consciousness Sunday

My nephews play tackle football and they love it.

I wasn’t allowed to play on the school teams when I was a kid because my dad said I was “young, dumb and stupid.”

He was right, I was. The boy I used to be still lives inside me. At 43 I still play tackle football with the guys in the fraternity. Granted I generally play once a year I still play balls to the wall and without fear because fear is what gets you hurt.

That is what we always said and how my nephews play, fearlessly.

Except my oldest nephew got his bell rung in his last game and ended up with a concussion. That is serious. It concerns me. He is tough as nails, but he is smaller than some of the other boys and size wins. I know because I have been on both sides of the fence.

This post is a stream of consciousness and I am flowing with it. This is how I began blogging and still how I like to do it. We are supposed to write about people who matter to us and who have made a difference.

There are many that I could write about but one comes to mind except I can’t go there today. Can’t tell what I am thinking or why. Won’t say if it is good, bad or sad. Just won’t because I can’t do that today, maybe a different day.

Maybe I’ll write something about them elsewhere or maybe I won’t.

Hope my nephew stops playing because he suffers from the same silly thoughts as me.


This was my 5 minute Stream of Consciousness Sunday post. It’s five minutes of your time and a brain dump. Want to try it? Here are the rules…

  • Set a timer and write for 5 minutes.
  • Write an intro to the post if you want but don’t edit the post. No proofreading or spellchecking. This is writing in the raw.
  • Publish it somewhere. Anywhere. The back door to your blog if you want. But make it accessible.
  • Add the Stream of Consciousness Sunday badge to your post (in the sidebar). .



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  1. Kaarina Dillabough September 17, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I like this. It’s like one of my favourite books, “Writing down the bones” advocates. Write with abandon. Write without self-editing. Just write. Love it! Cheers! Kaarina

  2. Gina September 16, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Being tentative and having fear without confidence does get you hurt! Be careful, none of us are getting any younger 😉 Okay. So you can now write another post about the “good, bad, or sad”.

    • Jack September 17, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      I have played in the fraternity game for 25 years and only got injured once. When I was 20 I dislocated my ring finger on my left hand. Did it on my right hand blocking a shot in a basketball game, except I was 38 for that one.

      What the youngsters in my game haven’t figured out is that old guys like me who outweigh them by 50 pounds win every time. See, I can’t even talk about it without turning into a little boy again, I love playing.

      One day I am going to miss it, but that day hasn’t come yet. Technically I have been playing tackle for almost 40 years so I am pretty lucky that my injury list is so short.

      See, more information than you wanted, needed or asked for.

  3. September 16, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    I was always selfishly happy that my son chose Basketball over Football. I dodged a bullet with that one.

  4. Harleena Singh September 16, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Needs to be tried out Jack!

    I love your stream of consciousness badge too, which I think is a wonderful idea. 🙂

    I guess I still have time to really be as fast as you to churn out articles and publish them too, or perhaps I can do that once I sit to write shorter posts that don’t require much of research work.

    And yes, Happy Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year – hope I’m not late in wishing you. 🙂

    • Jack September 17, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      Hi Harleena,

      Thank you for the New Year’s greeting, I really appreciate it. According to the Jewish calendar we are now in 5773.

      And yes, it is much easier to write posts like this that don’t require any time to research or edit. That takes almost all of the burdens away from the writer, but I like it because it is a nice change of pace.

  5. jana September 16, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    This is great, Jack! I love it! And you’re right. Fear IS what gets you hurt.

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