“For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.” – Rudyard Kipling
With my 40th birthday fast approaching on May 30, I have found myself looking back and reflecting on my life. To celebrate, my amazing wife Aly planned a Spring trip to Napa Valley along with about 20 of our closest friends. Obviously, I am disappointed that we had to cancel the outing, but I have come to realize that the trip is not about the vacation or the destination, but rather the people. Life is about the relationships we build and the memories we make with people that we surround ourselves with, our wolf pack.
As I’m sure you can relate, the thing missing in my life right now is the opportunity to be with my wolf pack. Being stuck at home has made me recognize how extremely important it is to have daily social interaction and makes me long for community. Since we started the Zoom calls, I have found myself in a better mood afterward. It’s great to see all the smiling faces on the other end of the computer screens and it reminds me how fortunate we are to have technology to make interactions like this possible during social distancing.
I urge everyone to use our current situation as an opportunity to reach out to your wolf pack and offer encouragement. Players, maybe there is a teammate or classmate that might not have many close friends or family in their life and a call from you would brighten their day. Take a moment to shoot a text or email just to say hello and see how they are doing. Parents, you can call an old friend or family member who you’ve lost contact with. It’s amazing to see how much someone can be uplifted just by letting him or her know you care.
Don’t lose sight of how important community is and how much we need it as human beings. During these times, take the opportunity to add some new members or strengthen the bonds for those already in your pack!