How often in our lives do we get the chance to start over? It’s a common plot element in many books, but I had to really think about how frequently we choose to make this happen compared to when it is forced upon us.
Change isn’t something a lot of people are comfortable with. It’s hard and challenging. It requires learning new things and adapting when we might not want to. Often, change is forced upon us instead of taken on by choice. A new technology, a job layoff or move, a tragedy of some kind—these are all catalysts that force us to change that can be seen as opportunities to restart, even if we don’t want to start over.
I never gave much thought to what professional athletes did after their careers are over. In a lot of cases, that happens before they hit thirty. Then what? Do they have a college degree to fall back on? Do they find jobs within their sport? Do they do something completely different like become a florist or accountant? Are they really that different than anyone else who is laid-off with no idea what they’re going to do next? Back in Play digs into that question while exploring a deeper problem that is often hushed among professional athletes.
What would you do if the only job you’ve ever done and loved is suddenly at an end? How do you start over? Where do you go to do that? Would you see this as an opportunity, a setback or simply a fate to overcome?
This also brings to question if starting over is an event or more of a mindset. What do you think?
“Aicher’s memorable second Power Play sports contemporary…is both sensual and moving….”
– Publishers Weekly
For Minnesota Glaciers captain Scott Walters, skating on a bum knee—and self-medicating to keep skating on it—is all part of the game. That the painkillers he’s eating prevent him from having meaningful relationships is just one more sacrifice in a lifetime of them. He’s worked too hard to let his image be ruined by injury or dependency, so he hides the pain and fakes the rest—a girlfriend would only complicate matters.
High school teacher Rachel Fielding never needed a man in her life, but she also never intended to grow old alone. When she meets Scott while visiting her brother, she’s intrigued to find herself wanting him in her bed. For hours at a time, as often as possible. Scott is a giver, and just the memory of his attentions is enough to drive her crazy. Anything long-term is out of the question, though—the pills she finds in Scott’s house indicate he’s struggling with a lot more than growing older in a young man’s game.
When what starts out as a what-the-hell weeklong fling turns into Scott and Rachel exploring each other outside the bedroom, Rachel hesitates. But Scott asks for her support to break his addiction, and hearing him admit his secrets has her ignoring her own rules—until he breaks her heart. With the Glaciers refusing to renew his contract and his future with Rachel uncertain, Scott has some big decisions to make and a lot to prove—especially to himself.
After years of weekly travel as a consultant implementing computer software into global companies, Lynda ended her nomadic lifestyle to raise her two children. Now, her imagination is her only limitation on where she can go and her writing lets her escape from the daily duties of being a mom, wife, chauffeur, scheduler, cook, teacher, cleaner and mediator. If writing wasn’t a priority, it wouldn’t get done.
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