First as always, I would like to thank the Lord for giving me the ability to live out my dream. It has been a month since I last checked in with you guys, in between my happiness has stayed consistent.
Everyday brings different challenges, which I have learned to embrace with a positive attitude. Being a professional athlete comes with a lot of ups, and downs. Nevertheless your approach, focus, attitude, and goals should never fluctuate. Maintaining these vital personal attributions is not always the easiest thing to do, especially when you are a very passionate person. However, focusing on these characteristics bring an extreme balance to your mental stability and daily life.
Falling short by a buzzer beater to the league leading team in our division, La Charite, has helped us realize an important lesson moving forward: we have learned the importance of every set, every rebound, every screen, and every action that we do. It is always easy to look back at the last minute of each close game, and look at what mistakes were made. Nevertheless, games are lost throughout the full 40 minutes that is played.
We must break that mental barrier that takes us from being a good team, to a championship team. We have shown sparks of how great we can be in sequences throughout the season. Now, being almost half way into our championship division we have to put it all together. Everyone on our team is confident in our collective ability, it is just about putting together a full game of BCGO basketball. I feel great individually moving forward, as one of the leaders of our team. The biggest challenge I have to take upon myself is being a well-rounded leader throughout a full game. This is something I will focus on in our intersquad scrimmages in practices this week. I am very comfortable with each player on our team, therefore it should be natural for me to be in consistent communication with everyone.
Off the court things have been great.
I was surprised that I did not get homesick, during the Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, but for some reason I have been so focused on my job here that I did not realize it was Thanksgiving until I started receiving “Happy Thanksgiving” calls from my loved ones. On Thanksgiving, I enjoyed a solo dinner at a really nice French cuisine near my village. It was not the traditional American Thanksgiving style, but I still ate very well. Christmas is near, so I will be home to spend the holidays with my friends and family. By the way, Christmas time in France is truly amazing. The lights, markets, hot wine, trees, and overall atmosphere is unbelievable. Seeing so many new and intriguing things makes it easier being across the world from my family.
I don’t want to take too much of your time. But thank you for reading my blog. I hope there is something on my blog that will help give you insight, or inspiration. I am always available to take any questions anybody may have about my experience here. I want to wish you all a great holiday season. God Bless You!
I will like to send my prayers out to Lauren Hill, and her family. If you haven’t read her story, I recommend you do. Her strength mixed with her passion is truly amazing!
A graduate of Santa Clara University, Jerry Brown is in his first season playing professional basketball in France with Basket Club Gries Oberhoffen (BCGO). He will be chronicling his season, both off and on the court, for Scorers 1st. For more information on Jerry Brown visit his player profile pagehere.
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