So, I won the world championships, went back to that job, earned a Ph.D., started a company, had three more children, then started another company.
Last night, I went to see my youngest daughter inducted into the National Honor Society. This morning, I took her to practice, fixed a few bugs in the next game our company is coming out with, Fish Lake. I drove back from Ojai - actually, I rode in the car and fixed a few more bugs while my husband drove. I got home, answered a few questions from students on data analysis and spent a lot of time on financial projections for a business plan we're submitting to an angel investor group.
Sometime in there, I saw a tweet from @judoinside
The ultimate motivation for @RondaRousey to become the best started before she was born at Nov-11-1984 when @DrAnnMaria became World Champ.I said to my husband,
— JudoInside.com (@JudoInside) November 11, 2014
Oh, that's right, I did win the world championships 30 years ago.
It just struck me as very odd that I could have forgotten about something that was the center of my life for so long. When I was competing, I couldn't imagine what my life would be like without competition. If you've never been an elite athlete, maybe it's hard to imagine. For one thing, it's simpler.
When I was competing, all I needed to know to make any decision was - "Will this help me win, or not?"
My life now is different. Balancing the responsibilities of being a CEO, a parent, a judo instructor, a wife, statistics professor and board president, I'm constantly having to make decisions on what I should be doing next. Being CEO alone takes a lot of juggling. I'm one-third of the software development team in our company, plus the person who writes the grants and the financial sections of our business plans - along with several dozen other responsibilities, right down to feeding the office chinchilla.
What's life like when you aren't competing any more. For me, it's good. Complicated, but good.
I make games to teach math. Some day I'll write about why I chose to do that, but for now, I need to get some sleep so I can get up earlier tomorrow and get some exercise in. Funny how what used to be my first priority has slipped down the list ...