Constant Neglect/Constant Improvement

by Chris Sanchez

It seems that no matter what's going on in life, things are getting neglected at all times.  There's this invisible scale that takes up your time. As you add items taking your attention the other side, or items, add up as well since we have limited time and focus. It's a constant struggle to keep the important items balanced out and not forget about the neglected, but useful, stuff.

Work, sleep, social life, down time, relationships, working out... And the list goes on. The major struggle for me is that certain ones take president and almost always should, but life and it's priorities change over time and adapting to that change is key. I haven't been good at many things in life but I'm trying to improve as time progresses.

I tend to focus on the negative in life, as I think a lot of others do as well naturally, because it has a greater emotional toll and response from us. I know and am aware of the progress I'm making in life but I feel that the "unknown" of what I'm not currently doing or working on has this mystique about it since it isn't in front of my eyes or tangible. I tend to not focus on the day-to-day steps being made on the focused items in my life but rather the disintegrating parts left to wither or not exist at all. 

One of Jim Harbaugh's (49ers head coach) favorite quotes goes; "You are getting better or you are getting worse. You never stay the same." I feel this is so indicative of life since each aspect is either getting better (the stuff you're focused on) or worse (the neglected rest).

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I have to do a better job of remembering that there are things getting better while I typically think about the stuff getting worse. The hard part for me is finding that balance where I'm happy with the progress and subsequent deterioration of each aspect of my life. Of course I want to do the best I can at my job but at what cost will my relationships suffer? I really want to travel and see other cultures to enrich my life, but at what cost to my career progression and development? These are the struggles that I'm sure most people have and must face, or ignore if they so choose, but I'm fixated on trying to better myself yet my opportunity costs are always weighed in heavily on my mind.

This seems to be in the vain of finding the "work/life balance" we all strive for but it goes much deeper than that because you have options beyond that. It seems that with the limitless moves to make I'm frozen in decision making at times. I have a vision of the path that I'd like my life to take but that path has changed course several times over the past several years from the decisions that I've already made (and not made). I'm realizing that this is never going to stop. That I'm forever in flux as life moves forward. I just need to make sure that as time forces me through life that I'm not in a daze or too focused on what isn't happening and be more in-the-moment for what is actually being focused on/happening/improving.

Greatest Year in Sports History (For Me)

by Chris Sanchez

The last year could very well go down as the greatest year in sports fandom for me. I truly care about 3 sports and 3 teams. The LA Kings, San Francisco Giants, and San Francisco 49ers.


The year started with a miraculous run for the Stanley Cup by the Kings. They changed head coaches mid-season, almost traded away their star captain, and looked doomed of ever making the playoffs. Then February and March happened. Then the playoffs and eventually the Stanley Cup Finals. It was a crazy run (going 16-4) and definitely not anything people predicted for their first ever franchise Stanley Cup Championship.


Then you move on to the Giants. They finished the year strong and looked poised for a tough playoffs but nothing to the extent that we got had to witness. There is constant talk around the Bay Area of the Giants playing what is called "Torture baseball" because of how they like to squeak out wins. The 2012 playoffs were a whole new level of torture. With them down in the first two series' and having to play (and win) 6 elimination games. After coming from behind both times to make it into the World Series, they went on to sweep the Tigers. It was absolutely amazing and again, totally against the odds and in no one's predictions.


Now onto the 49ers. They were expected to be a good team, possibly one of the better teams in the NFC but some strange losses to weak teams in the regular season put some doubt in people's minds heading into the playoffs. Thankfully a Viking win over the Packers gave the Niners a first round bye so it would only take 2 wins (with one being at home) to make it to the "Big Show." After a dismantling of the Packers in the first round, spirits were high, but going to Atlanta would be no easy feat. The first half proved thus as the Falcons got up by 17-0 without hesitation and the chances for the 49ers moving on seemed grim. After some battling and a tough 2nd quarter things were looking better but the 2nd half would prove the time when champions are made. They ended up shutting out the Falcons in the second half to win the game 28-24 and are moving on to the Superbowl.


The odds of any given team to win their respective "Championship" are pretty low to start with but some team has to win in each sport. Now couple that between two random teams of one fan and I'd say it's an excellent year to celebrate. But with one final game for the Niners to potentially make it three for three... now that will be truly unbelievable and I will more than likely never experience this ever again. I'm trying to slow down and enjoy this as much as I can because of that fact but as we all know too well, time flies by faster and faster the older we get. I will hopefully have this website and these posts to help me remember for years to come.


Cheers to one more win and one more Champion, to conquer what will be "The Greatest Year in Sports History (For Me)"



I Suck At This Whole Website Thing

by Chris Sanchez

Well it is already 2013 and I yet again neglected to really touch or update this at all. I started the year somewhat strong but by the time my life was making some changes all went out the window. I will attempt to have a better presence and get more involved, not that anyone is actually waiting for updates or my thoughts posted here, but more for me. I have gotten to a plave over the last 6 months were I finally feel "settled in" in a good way and loving what I do professionally has a lot to do with that. I feel like putting too much emphasis on your work is unhealthy but it gives me a sense of purpose and drive. I will never be satisfied with what I am able to achieve in life, or at least it feels that way, but I'm hoping to spend 2013 enjoying the ride of life as much as possible. This year will mark a quarter of a century that I have been alive yet I feel there is SO much more out there for me to experience that there aren't ever enough hours in the day or years in one's life to accomplish all there is to. I will do better. I will spend my time wisely. I won't argue or sweat the small stuff. I will love myself and those around me.