August 9, 2007
Romania Day 5
August 9th, 2007
Yesterday I didn’t make it to the computer to write a post. The day was quite a bit like the other ones. We trained in the morning and then hit the sauna in afternoon. I took a nap in between practices yesterday so I made sure that I hit the sauna pretty hard so that I would be able to sleep at night. I slept all through the night without any problems. I stayed up a little later last night to to make sure that I didn’t wake up early in the morning.
To keep myself up I was reading in the lobby. Around eleven o’clock last night the coaches came back from a dinner that they had at one of the local restaurants that is owned by a man here in the town who likes wrestling. I had eaten at the same restaurant last year with the team that came to this same tournament last summer. When we ate there, they had put a bear hindquarter over a spit and had roasted it for us to eat. The bear was good for the first few bites, but after awhile it was hard to eat. It wasn’t that it wasn’t good, but it was that the meat was really heavy and they gave us so much of it. They made quite the spectacle of it too when they brought it into the dining area. They poured something on it and lit in on fire. It did well in serving its purpose of producing the dramatic effect. The coaches told me that this year they ate some deer or elk and some moose. They said that the owner made sure to light the meat on fire again and made a big presentation out of the meal. It sounded like they had a pretty good time. They also told me that they were drinking a popular liquor here known as polenko, or something like that. The owner of the restaurant was dared to drink it out of a shot glass after it had been lit on fire, but the flames were burning his mustache so he had to improvise a little. He poured the drink onto a plate while it was still on fire and drank it from the plate. The story sounded hilarious, especially if you know the owner of this restaurant. He definitely seems to be the type that enjoys life and is always laughing about something. I chuckled myself as the coaches told me the story. After the story telling, I decided that I was ready for bed. My head hit my pillow like a rock and I was out for the rest of the night.
This morning my wife woke me up with a phone call to wish me happy birthday. Today I am twenty eight years old. It is funny how the years seem to add up the way they do, but I don’t mind it. I am glad to be one year older instead of the alternative. As I was thinking about it I realized that I started wrestling when I was fourteen. I have been wrestling for half of my life. There wasn’t a whole of wrestling during the two years that was in Chile, but I did wrestle a little bit with missionary companions now and then. The time that I have spent wrestling has been great. I can’t say that I have enjoyed every minute of it, but I don’t regret any of the hard work that I have put into the sport. I have met many friends and interesting people from all walks of the life. I have been to see so many different countries and cultures, and I am very grateful for that. I have learned a lot of lessons along the way. It has been a great journey. Now I am doing my best to use those experiences to achieve my goals and try to help others do the same. The wrestling experience has been fun.
Other than the phone call earlier today, I have just been hanging out with the guys and also doing some reading. I am still reading the book The Power of Positive Thinking. I am trying to apply some of those lessons in my own life. I like to read the stories about the individuals who have been able to change their entire lives and life circumstances by making changes in their attitudes whick in turn affects their actions. There is something about reading about people overcoming obstacles that is very inspiring. We all have our own obstacles to overcome. Some are similar some are very different, but it seems that peoples attitudes determine whether they are successful or not. That is amazing to me.
Something else that has been amazing today is the fact that the sun was able to shine through the clouds today. For the past several days it has been raining here. Due to the fact that we are at a higher elevation it seems as if we are right in the middle of the weather. It has been a nice change to see the sun come out. The appearance of the sun seemed to have attracted some other people into the town as well. I think that today I have seen more people out and walking around than I have all week. It would be great if this sun keeps up like this. I might even attempt to get out and take some pictures that I can post on the website after I get home. I hope that all are well wherever you may be. Take care.